Skills for Digital Professionals Suite Level 3

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 Digital Academy

The digital world today comprises many varied roles in software  development, website creation and administration as well as hardware and network infrastructure opportunities. This course encompasses these roles so that you might best find out where your skills, talents and interests lie. The main qualification is the Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma in IT in which you can study HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C and Java, among other languages, which are combined to produce the modern web sites and mobile applications. With this toolset you can do almost anything.

You’ll also learn how computers work and how to maintain and repair them. You will gain insight into how networks operate and learn how to set them up, secure and monitor their performance. This course is ideal if you like anything from social media and e-commerce, to building computers,
gaming and local area networks!

You are in the digital age and you are the driver, where is your destination?
In addition you will also broaden your horizons by:
• Undertaking embedded work experience run by our local business partners
• Hearing from local guest speakers
• Undertaking industry visits
• Participating in teambuilding and confidence building activities
• Gaining the opportunity to undertake free additional learning courses from our Cisco Academy.

Those who successfully complete this course are guaranteed a place on our
FdSc Computing, Networking & Software Development degree at our Camborne campus. Alternatively you could progress on to our Software Developer Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 with one of our
partner Software Cornwall businesses.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You would like a career within the digital sector, perhaps as a help desk technician, first or second liner support or IT infrastructure technician.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 4, including English and maths.

You’ll learn:


IT System Support pathway

This course will help you develop skills essential to becoming an IT technician or network engineer. You’ll learn how computers work, how to maintain and repair them. You will also gain insight into how networks work and learn how to set them up and monitor their performance. You will also get the chance to learn how to create websites, develop graphics and establish databases and spreadsheets.


IT Web Development pathway 

Developing websites includes software development, coding and scripting and can be challenging. However, it is easy to develop your skills and really good fun as you can see quick results which you can share globally with others. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and SQL among other languages are combined to produce the modern web where you can do almost anything. This course is ideal if you like the idea of being part of the continuing move of everything to the web. From social media and e-commerce, to secure corporate databases, developers are needed to create web pages.


The average salary for an IT business analyst is about £40,000 a year with forecasts
predicting 60,000 more jobs becoming available in the next 10 years.

You’ll love:

That we are approved training providers for Cisco Networking and Microsoft.

Bluefruit, Headforwards and other Software Cornwall members will offer a £1000 student bursary for up to 10 students who complete specific criteria and pass the chosen suite of additional learning activities.


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Skills for Digital Professionals Suite Level 3

Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


2 years



After completing the IT diploma with the College Ben decided he wasn’t quite ready for university and took a job working for a national company dealing with television services. After five years Ben felt the time was right for the next step and applied for the BSc (Hons) Computing course at the University of Plymouth. Fast forward four years and he is now part of a graduate scheme at Boeing working as a software developer.“I wasn’t sure what career I wanted, but I remember being told to follow my passion, so that’s exactly what I did. IT is such a vast area of study that you’ll never become an expert in everything, but my college course was a great introduction to all IT disciplines. I’m now working at Boeing, primarily as a software developer. I still can’t quite believe it. My graduate scheme at Boeing offers rotations between four different departments. Currently I’m working within Application Support, helping to introduce some of the new technologies I’ve learned over the last few years.”

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