BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This is a work-related course, designed to appeal to students who are interested in the uses and impact of Information Technology. This course is more technical than the other BTEC Computing courses as the main focus is on programming and creative skills.

The Extended Diploma is made up of 12 units, studied over 2 years including:

Principles of Computer Science; Planning and Management of Computing Projects; IT Systems Security;; Software Development.

Other units may include: Building computer systems; Systems analysis and design; Human computer interface; Website development; Mobile apps development; Computer forensics; Programmable devices and controllers; Web application development; Rational database development; Object-orientated programming; Digital graphics and animation; Computer games development; 3D modelling; Digital video/audio.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs grade 4 including English Language and Maths or a Level 2 at Merit ; GCSE (or equivalent) in ICT is recommended

Where next?

A relevant computing degree-level course such as our Foundation Degree in Cyber Security or HND in Computing. Alternatively, enter employment in IT/Computing.

Work experience and employability

Students are given the opportunity to do a week’s work placement in the first year. Employers include, Intel, Nationwide and many more. Furthermore, we have industry experts come in to give talks about current IT trends involving hardware, software, website development and much more.

What additional resources will I need?

You are expected to supply your own stationery.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


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