Highlands College’s IT Department is to launch two brand new digital courses in 2018 to provide vital digital skills to Jersey’s 16-18 year olds.
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production with Digital Games and the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology will offer students the opportunity to acquire the skills and understanding to critically engage with a rapidly changing and vibrant industry. With computer games being one of the fastest growing fields in the digital industry, and the UK seeing a recent exponential growth in digital innovation, both courses will prove a crucial boost to Jersey’s digital landscape. The BTEC Level 3 Game Design course not only focuses on specialist units in game development, but also includes programming, app design, web design, graphics (2D/3D) and animation. The aim is to provide students with the skills to set them on a path to working in the computer games industry, as well as providing them with sufficient knowledge to support work in other digital media industries. The new BTEC Level 3 in Information Technology course will focus on software development, computer systems, networking, cyber security, IT support and data handling and analysis. Both two-year full-time courses start in September 2018 and qualify students to enter into higher education. Applications are being accepted now. Paul Spencer, Director of Computing and Business Studies, said: “Both courses are an excellent opportunity for students to develop the skills and understanding of an ever developing digital industry. We look forward to receiving applications and getting the course underway in September 2018”.