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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Computing is designed to offer an in-depth experience of computing topics that will empower your future choices.  It is the same value as three A-levels, with similar opportunities for university and employment.

You will develop knowledge of computer science and computer systems, as well as a range of computing skills such as designing and developing databases, websites, mobile applications, computer games, digital graphics and animation.

Entry requirements

You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above (Grade 4 or above), including English Language and Maths. Alternatively you should have a BTEC First Level 2 at Merit grade or OCR National Level 2 at Merit grade. This will be discussed during interview / enrolment.

Course Content

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Business Applications of Social Media
  • Website Development
  • Digital Graphics and Animation
  • Computer Games Development

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed 80% on coursework via a range of assessment methods. You will be asked to complete written assignments, undertake presentations, prepare case studies, and work on 'real projects'.

20% of your marks will come from an external exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You may have to fund trips and visits in support of this qualification. Costs will be discussed during your induction period.

What can I do after this course?

This qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology Practitioner
  • BA (Hons) in Creative Digital Media
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks.

Some university courses may require the achievement of specific units and learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

 

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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