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A-level students have an iDEA!


First year Hugh Baird College A-level students, Cameron Ferguson and Harry Tyrrell have both achieved their bronze and silver iDEA awards alongside A-level Computer Science tutor, Beth McCue.

iDEA is a programme developed by the Duke of York that helps develop digital, enterprise and employability skills through a series of online challenges and events where you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and gain industry recognised awards.

To complete each award, the students who study at the College’s South Sefton Campus, are set challenges split into five main categories; citizen, worker, maker, entrepreneur and gamer. As well as being fun, the badges help towards CV building and could potentially help towards landing your dream job.

Beth McCue, A-level Computer Science tutor, said:

I think iDEA is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their digital skills in an easy and rewarding way. The badges are split into bite size chunks that can be completed in a relatively short amount of time. Since starting with us in September, Cameron and Harry have completed both their bronze and silver awards and Hugh Baird College now plan to offer it all students across the South Sefton Campus as it is an excellent addition to students UCAS applications and their CV’s.

Cameron Ferguson, A-level Computer Science, Biology and Physics student, said:

I found the iDEA awards really fun yet challenging, we had to complete various tasks and challenges to learn how different technology works in different sectors. It’s really useful for my future career as I have grown my digital skills wider than I thought I would have just by studying Computer Science alone!

Harry Tyrrell, A-level Computer Science, Mathematics and Further Mathematics student, said:

Although completing both the bronze and silver iDEA awards meant giving up my free time, it was really worth it! My goal is to work within programming and web design, the iDEA awards gave me experience using JavaScript and how to create a game. My achievements will certainly help me when applying for Universities.

For more information For more information on A-level courses at Hugh Baird College visit: www.hughbaird.ac.uk/a-levels

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