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Level 3

Computing BTEC Certificate/Extended 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 Language 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.


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