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Level 3

Computing BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Ext Certificate


This course is intended as an applied general qualification and is the equivalent of one A Level at the end of the second year.

Computing is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and live, and many great challenges lie ahead for Computer Scientists to solve. This qualification is designed to support students who have an interest in Computing and the practical application of this subject, which can then have progression paths into apprenticeships, employment and higher education. This is an extremely exciting sector to study in and be a part of.

Students will study a total of four units across two years to achieve the Extended Certificate.

In year 1, students will study two mandatory units:

Unit 2 – Fundamentals of Computer Systems (examined)

Students will study the fundamentals of how computer systems work, including the role of hardware & software, the way components of a system work together and how data in a system is used.

Unit 7 -; IT Systems Security & Encryption (coursework)

Students will study IT system security threats and the methods used to protect against them. Students will undertake activities to protect IT systems from security threats, including data encryption.

In year 2, students will study one mandatory unit and one selected coursework unit:

Unit 1 -; Principles of Computer Science (examined)

Students will cover the principles that underpin all areas of computer science. Students will develop their computational-thinking skills and these will be applied to solve problems that are set.

Staff will then select one unit from a choice from the following units based upon expertise, sector need, resourcing and learner engagement;

Unit 10 -; Human-Computer Interaction

Unit 11 -; Digital Graphics and Animation

Unit 14 -; Computer Games Development

Unit 15 -; Website Development

Unit 17 -; Mobile Apps Development

Unit 20 -; Managing & Supporting Systems

Unit 22 -; Systems Analysis & Design

Lessons will be a mixture of theory and practical based with the aim of providing the student the opportunity to be “hands on” and allowed to bring the theory to life. A student with a passion for the subject as well as a positive outlook on their own development is a must to ensure that they gain the maximum benefit from the course and staff expertise that they would have at their disposal.

As students are assessed throughout the course, they must be highly organised and motivated to exceed expectations. Where students require support, our staff are on hand for subject support from day one either on a 1-to-1 basis or in smaller tutored groups.


You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4 including grade 4 in English and Maths.

Technology evolves at breakneck speed, so to stay ahead students need both enthusiasm and curiosity, and to be capable of experimentation and innovation. Students will be expected to engage in activities outside of the classroom to enhance their learning such as listening to pod casts, watching vlogs, and reading topical articles.

Whilst on the course students will be making themselves even more employable by developing skills such as cognitive & problem solving (being creative to apply subject knowledge to solve challenges that they face), intrapersonal skills (to work collaboratively, negotiating and influencing) and interpersonal skills (self management, resilience and adaptability). This is really important as part of your personal development and journey.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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