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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 you to make informed choices about your future studies and career.  It carries the same value as three A-levels, with similar opportunities for university and employment.

You will develop knowledge of information technology systems, how to create systems to manage information and how to use social media in business. You will also explore programming, web development, mobile apps development and games development.

Entry requirements

You should have five GCSEs at grade C (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 your interview / enrolment.

Course Content

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Programming
  • Website Development
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Computer Games Development

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is based 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 a:

  • BSc (Hons) in IT
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology Practitioner
  • BA (Hons) in Creative Digital Media
  • BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems

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

You could also consider progressing to employment in roles such as:

  • Software Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Programmer
  • Games Developer
  • Technical Consultant
  • Web Developer
  • Software Tester

 

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Sam Mount

Sam Mount

Logging into a social media career

Apprentice Sam Mount is helping Derby’s Cathedral Quarter Hotel to improve its social media presence. He is one of three apprentices recruited by the hotel across its operations in a new partnership with Derby College.

One of the city’s top boutique establishments, the hotel is a business focused on customer experience, and values its social media credibility highly. Sam’s work plays an important role in communicating and engaging with customers as well as building the hotel brand through creative platforms.

He attends Derby College on day release every two months as he works towards an NVQ award.

While the social side of university life appealed to me, I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to study for three years, especially when there was no guarantee of a job at the end of it.

I’d always been interested in both the software and hardware aspects of computer technology, so when I saw the social media opportunity on the national apprenticeship website, I decided to give it a go.
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