Courses at Ayrshire College
Foundation Apprenticeship - Information Technology: Software Development
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This course is available to eligible school pupils in East, North and South Ayrshire.
Year 1: Tuesday/Thursday 2pm – 4pm in college, including an industry experience.
Year 2: work placement and one afternoon per week in college.
Who is the course for?
If you have an interest in pursuing a career in Software Development this Foundation Apprenticeship will provide you with your first steps into the industry. If you are in S5 you will be undertaking a two year commitment to the programme. When you complete a Foundation Apprenticeship you’ll have an industry recognised qualification and the work experience you gain will really help in your future career.
This qualification will support your progress whether you are planning to go onto college or university, enrol on a Modern Apprenticeship or go straight into work. It will give you the skills and work experience to get a head start in your career.
What is the course about?
The Foundation Apprenticeship is designed to provide you with the software design and programming skills to write and maintain computer applications to create websites and to successfully define customer requirements and take them from initiation to final product.
In addition to formal college tuition, time will be devoted to work related experience including for example, work placements, work shadowing, industry visits, an industry challenge and work related training. The College will help to find you a work placement for year 2. You may also get the chance to sit vendor exams, for example Microsoft MTA.
The following level 6 units will be studied in College during the first year of the course and these make up the National Progression Award in Software Development:
- Computing: Application Development
- Computing: Authoring a Website
- Software Design and Development
The NPA Software Development will enable you to complete a qualification designed to provide the underpinning knowledge for the year 2 learning and placement experience and the practical skills that are needed to work in the industry.
The following units will be completed in a work placement during the second year of the course::
- Personal Effectiveness 2
- Health and Safety in IT and Telecoms
- Event Driven Programming or Procedural Programming 2 or Object Orientated Programming
- Investigating and Defining Customer Requirements for IT and Telecoms Systems
- Data Modelling 1
What do I need?
QualificationsYou should have or be working towards National 5 qualifications during S5, including either National 5 maths or computing. Your guidance teacher should think you are capable of working at SCQF Level 6, the same level of learning as a higher.
You’ll have a keen interest in design and creativity, a mathematical or analytical mind and excellent problem solving skills. You should have a proven interest in at least one of the following areas: programming, software development, application design or website creation and design. .
How will I be assessed?
The National Progression Award Units in year 1 are assessed in College and will cover your knowledge and understanding of the Unit content. The year 2 Units will be assessed in the work placement. These assessments are practical – you will carry out tasks and your assessor will observe you and say when you have shown that you can carry them out correctly. You will also keep a logbook. Your Assessor will visit you regularly to make sure that you are doing well and on track with your tasks.
On satisfactory completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship in Information Technology (Software Development) you will have a solid basis for progression to a Modern Apprenticeship, other employment or an HNC/D college course in Software Development. Completion of the HND can lead directly to third year entry at University.
Business and Computing
Accountants are in demand in just about every business sector all over the world and financial services employment is growing at a rapid rate. The importance of accurate accounting cannot be underestimated, as profit/loss results and financial performance affects everything from a company’s credit rating to its share price.
Our courses will teach you about payroll and income tax as well as showing you how to prepare final accounts and use financial accounting software. They will also give an insight into areas such as management accounting for decision making and auditing, ensuring you acquire the necessary transferable skills relevant to a career in the field of accountancy.
You’ll develop an understanding of accountancy practices, commerce, industry and finance. As well as developing a range of subject-specific and technical skills, you also gain more general skills including: knowledge and awareness of business organisations, numerical and quantitative skills, problem-solving and analytical ability.
Accounting covers a wide range of careers and opportunities are widely available including with accountancy firms, investment banks, high street banks, insurance companies, building societies, management consultancies and public sector employers. From our advanced courses you can progress on to Degree Level courses at university.
Business and IT skills are necessary in every industry, whether a multinational or a small local firm. They are at the heart of every organization and play a key role in our daily lives.
Have you ever wondered why some businesses such as Amazon, Ryanair or Tesco make millions of pounds of profits while others fail miserably? Business courses are suitable for everyone who is interested in finding out how today’s businesses work. Our Business courses focus on relevant topics, practical experience and learning from industry to provide you with the right skills and knowledge for the ever-changing economic climate.
This will prepare you for supervisory/management roles or give you the confidence to progress to further study. Some students aspire to running their own business.
Business courses prepare you for a wide variety of exciting careers in either private organisations or in public sector employment such as NHS, Councils or Education.
Many students progress to a business related degree. Previous students have been successful in careers in Recruitment, Marketing, Human Resources, Sales, Customer Service and Business Administration.
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Administration and ICT are at the heart of every business and play a key role in our daily lives. There are a number of career paths available and these courses prepare students for administrative, secretarial and supervisory management posts within the public and private sectors. Employment prospects are very good and range from large government organisations such as the NHS or local government to small specialist firms or large national organisations in the private sector.
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Combining staff expertise with state of the art computers, computing labs and a range of industry certified courses, the ICT and Digital Technologies department has the winning formula. Specialising in either software or hardware, our courses combine practical skills with academic theory. Students can expect to get involved with the Ayrshire community, completing design projects for local schools, businesses and the public sector, taking part in live projects. The college’s industry links are invaluable when it comes to helping you become ‘work ready’.
Forecasts from e-Skills UK suggest that there could be as many as 11,000 job opportunities each year in ICT and digital technology roles. Students have the opportunity to gain vendor qualifications from companies such as Oracle, Microsoft and CISCO, providing them with a competitive edge. Career prospects include IT Technician, Software Developer, Project Manager, Systems Analyst, IT Consultant, Data Analyst and Systems Administrator.
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At Ayrshire College we understand how important it is for businesses to have a highly effective workforce. Our short course programmes are designed to enhance the trainee’s skills and knowledge to enable them to implement their learning into their day to day practices. Our tutors encourage trainees to share workplace challenges; where possible they will try identify potential tools, techniques or further training that may be useful.
Business, Computing and IT Short Course Range
We also offer a wide range of other short courses and evening classes that may be of interest to you. Please visit our Business Centre page for more information.
Our Business, Computing and IT short courses are offered throughout our Ayrshire Campuses however we are happy to deliver these on your premises or customise the content for you. Call our Business Solutions Team on 0300 303 0303 to discuss your training requirements.