Programme Title
Advanced Diploma in IT (iGaming)
Course Code

IT4-A05-23G
Programme Includes:(Apprenticeship/ Placement or Internship)

Apprenticeship
MQF Level

Level 4
Type(refer to Appendix 1 for Parameters)

Qualification
Accreditation Status(Note: If the Type is Award or Qualification, therefore by default, the Accreditation Status should be Accredited)

Accredited via MCAST’s Self Accreditation Process (MCAST holds Self-Accrediting Status as per 1st schedule of Legal Notice 296/2012)
Mode of Delivery

Face to Face
Duration (hours or years)

2 Years
Total Number of Credits

120 ECTS
Total Learning Hours (25 Total Learning Hours for each ECTS)

3000 hours
Target Audience

Ages 16 – 65
Target Group (the type of learners that the educational institution anticipates joining this programme)

Programme Fees

€8,500.00 (Applicable for Non-EU and Non-EEA Countries) – the fee mentioned here is indicative.  Please refer to www.mcast.edu.mt, as well as to MCAST’s MG2I International Section for any updated fees as well as terms of payments.
Date of Next Student Intake

2024-10-01
Language of Instruction

The official language of instruction at MCAST is English. All notes and textbooks are in English (except for language courses, which will be in the respective language being instructed). International candidates will be requested to meet English language certification requirements for access to the course.
Application Method

Applications to full-time courses are received online via the College Management Information System. Applicants can log-in using Maltese Electronic ID (eID) in order to access the MCAST Admissions Portal directly and create one’s own student account with the identity being verified electronically via this secure service.

Non-EID applicants need to request account creation though an online form after that they confirm that their local Identification Document does not come with an EID entitlement. . Once the identity is verified and the account is created on behalf of the applicant, one may proceed with the online application according to the same instructions applicable to all other applicants.

For more information about how to apply online for a course at MCAST, please visit: https://mcast.edu.mt/how-to-apply-online-2/

Information for Non-EU Citizens

Non-EU candidates require a study visa in order to travel to Malta and join the course applied for. For further information re study-visa please access https://www.identitymalta.com/unit/central-visa-unit/.
Address where the Programme will be Delivered

MCAST has four campuses as follows:

MCAST Main Campus
Triq Kordin,
Paola, Malta

All courses except for courses delivered by the Institute for the Creative Arts, the Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences and the Gozo Campus are offered at the Main Campus address (above).

Courses delivered by the Institute for the Creative Arts, the Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences, or the Gozo Campus, are offered in one of the following addresses as applicable:

Institute for the Creative Arts
Mosta Campus
Misraħ Għonoq Tarġa Gap,
Mosta

Institute of Applied Sciences
Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences,
Luqa Road, Qormi

Gozo Campus
J.F. De Chambray Street
MCAST, Għajnsielem
Gozo

In the case of courses delivered via Online Learning, students will be following the programme from their preferred location/address.

Programmes delivered via Blended Learning, and which therefore contain both an online and a face to face component shall be delivered as follows:

Face to Face components – as per above address instructions
Online components – from the student’s preferred address.

Course Description/Deskrizzjoni tal-Kors

English

The Advanced Diploma in iGaming is the next level up from the diploma route, and provides hands-on experience to learners targeting junior roles in this innovative sector. It can also serve as a precursor to Software Development, iGaming, Digital Games or Business Analytics degrees. This two-year programme provides a balance of core software, web and mobile app/game development skills alongside advanced digital marketing, SEO, database design and implementation, advanced Mathematics, Data Analytics and Visualisation. The first year of this programme focuses on providing learners with core development skills whereas the second year provides further specialisation and puts the core skills to good use through work-based learning (subject to eligibility), real-world implementations and projects. Upon completion of this programme, skilled individuals targeting this sector will be in a position to build a comprehensive portfolio.

*Apprenticeship is subject to iGaming legal requirements. Please note that applicants who are not yet 18 years of age can still apply for the course and will be doing a replacement unit.


Malti

L-Advanced Diploma in iGaming hija l-livell li jmiss wara d-Diploma in iGaming, u tipprovdi esperjenza prattika lil studenti li jkunu qed jimmiraw li jsibu pożizzjonijiet fi gradi mhux għoljin wisq f’dan is-settur innovattiv. Din id-Diploma Avvanzata tista’ wkoll isservi bħala tħejjija għal kwalifiki fil-livell ta’ baċellerat fl-Iżvilupp tas-Softwer, fl-iGaming, fil-Logħob Diġitali jew fil-Business Analytics. Dan il-programm ta’ sentejn jipprovdi bilanċ ta’ ħiliet ewlenin fl-iżvilupp tas-softwer, il-web u applikazzjonijiet għall-mobile/logħob, flimkien ma’ ħiliet f’sistemi avvanzati ta’ marketing diġitali, search engine optimization (SEO), it-tfassil u l-implimentazzjoni ta’ databases, matematika avvanzata, data analytics u viżwalizzazzjoni. Il-programm jipprovdi biex matul l-ewwel sena l-istudenti jiksbu ħiliet ewlenin fl-iżvilupp tas-sistemi, filwaqt li fit-tieni sena huma jkomplu jispeċjalizzaw u jipprattikaw il-ħiliet ewlenin li jkunu kisbu fil-post tax-xogħol (suġġett għall-eliġibilità), u billi jimplimentawhom fil-ħajja ta’ veru u fi proġetti oħra. Wara li jtemmu l-kors, l-istudenti mħarrġa biex isibu impjieg f’dan is-settur, ikunu f’pożizzjoni li jibnu portafoll komprensiv. * L-Apprendistat huwa suġġett għar-rekwiżiti legali tal-iGaming. Ta’ min jinnota li dawk l-applikanti li jkunu għadhom ma għalqux it-18-il sena jistgħu japplikaw għall-kors iżda minflok l-apprendistat jiġi pprovdut lilhom taħriġ alternattiv.

Career Opportunities

Junior front end developer, Junior applications developer, Junior mobile applications developer, Junior analyst, Junior affiliate specialist/marketer, Junior content creator
Entry requirements(Refer to Programme Specification)

MCAST Diploma in IT
or
MCAST Diploma in iGaming
or
Any MCAST Level 3 Diploma, whilst being in possession of the compulsory subjects as indicated hereunder
or
4 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes
Compulsory: Mathematics
and
Compulsory: Computer Studies or Physics or Information Technology*
* Information Technology refers to SEC at Grade 5 or higher, or SSCP IT-VET at MQF 3 or equivalent.
(where applicable) MCAST also gives due recognition to ICT C3 as will be presented by the applicant

Applicants with a good working knowledge of English Language will benefit from a more positive learning experience throughout the course.

Programme Learning Outcomes (Refer to Programme Specification)

At the end of the programme the learner will be able to:

1.Identify the appropriate software infrastructure for given requirements;
2.Recognise the core design, mathematical and development concepts required to perform data analysis and convey it through software applications;
3.Design, plan and produce content that is compliant to organisational and legal standards;
4.Implement bespoke software applications that target a web / desktop and mobile platforms.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment Procedures

The programmes offered are vocational in nature and entail both theoretical lectures delivered in classes as well as practical elements that are delivered in laboratories, workshops, salons, simulators as the module requirements dictate.

Each module or unit entails a number of in person and/or online contact learning hours that are delivered by the lecturer or tutor directly (See also section ‘Total Learning Hours).

Access to all resources is provided to all registered students. These include study resources in paper or electronic format through the Library and Resource Centre as well as tools, software, equipment and machinery that are provided by the respective institutes depending on the requirements of the course or module.

Students may however be required to provide consumable material for use during practical sessions and projects unless these are explicitly provided by the College.

All Units of study are assessed throughout the academic year through continuous assessment using a variety of assessment tools. Coursework tasks are exclusively based on the Learning Outcomes and Grading Criteria as prescribed in the course specification. The Learning Outcomes and Grading Criteria are communicated to the Student via the coursework documentation.

The method of assessment shall reflect the Level, credit points (ECTS) and the schedule of time-tabled/non-timetabled hours of learning of each study unit. A variety of assessment instruments, not solely Time Constrained Assignments/Exams, are used to gather and interpret evidence of Student competence toward pre-established grading criteria that are aligned to the learning outcomes of each unit of the programme of study.

Grading criteria are assessed through a number of tasks, each task being assigned a number of marks. The number of grading criteria is included in the respective Programme Specification.
The distribution of marks and assessment mode depends on the nature and objectives of the unit in question.

Coursework shall normally be completed during the semester in which the Unit is delivered.

Time-constrained assignments may be held between 8 am and 8 pm during the delivery period of a Unit, or at the end of the semester in which the Unit is completed. The dates are notified and published on the Institute notice boards or through other means of communication.

Certain circumstances (such as but not limited to the Covid-19 pandemic) may lead Institutes and Centres to hold teaching and assessment remotely (online) as per MCAST QA Policy and Standard for Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Doc 020) available via link https://www.mcast.edu.mt/college-documents/

The Programme Regulations pertaining to this Programme’s MQF/EQF level available at: link https://www.mcast.edu.mt/college-documents/, apply.

Grading System

All MCAST programmes adopt a Learner-centred approach through the focus on Learning Outcomes. The assessment of MCAST programmes is criterion-referenced and thus assessors are required to assess learners’ evidence against a pre-determined set of Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria.

For a student to be deemed to have successfully passed a unit, a minimum of 50% (grade D) must be achieved.

All full time units are individually graded as follows:
A* (90-100)
A (80-89)
B (70-79)
C (60-69)
D (50-59)
Unsatisfactory work is graded as ‘U’.

Work-based learning units are graded on a Pass/Fail basis only.

Detailed information regarding the grading system may be found in the Programme Regulations pertaining to this programme’s MQF/EQF Level available at: link https://www.mcast.edu.mt/college-documents/

Contact details for Further Learning Opportunities

MCAST Career Guidance
Tel: 2398 7135/6
Email: career.guidance@mcast.edu.mt
Regulatory Body/ Competent Authority Contact Details (where applicable – in the case of a programme leading to Regulated Profession)

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Download Abridged Course Spec pdf here  

Last updated: 2024-07-16