What is the course about?
This course provides an attractive alternative to the traditional ‘A’ level for students who prefer to have more practical element. The fundamental philosophy of this course is that you actively experience the computing environment. BTEC L3 National Certificate is equivalent to ½ A-Level. It can be converted into a BTEC L3 Extended Certificate in Computing in Year 2, which is equivalent to a full A Level.
The College has made substantial investments in its IT infrastructure; we have some of the latest software and a specialist network/hardware laboratory. The course is run by highly trained and qualified teachers with a proven track record of high achievement at all levels.

What units/topics will be studied?
BTEC National L3 Certificate consists of TWO units while BTEC National L3 Extended Certificate consist of FOUR units including:

Year 1: BTEC L3 Certificate - Year 1
• Fundamentals of Computer Systems (Written examination set and marked externally by Pearson)
• IT Systems Security and Encryption (Set and marked internally by the department)

Year 2: BTEC L3 Extended Certificate – Year 2
• Principles of Computer Science (Written examination set and marked externally by Pearson)
• Mobile Apps Development or Computer Game Development or Website Development (Set and marked internally by the department)

What do I need to study this subject?
• At least FIVE GCSEs grades A* - C including the new grade ‘5’ in Maths and ‘5’ in English.
• You will need to be well motivated and committed to attending classes and completing all coursework on time.

What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?
GCSE in ICT or Computer Science will help you to be better prepared but it is not a requirement.
You could also update your knowledge by reading computing magazines and online news (e.g. Computing, Computer active, WebUser and others). Watching technology related programmes (e.g. BBC Click).

Where can this lead me?
BTEC L3 National Certificate in Computing is equivalent to ½ A-Level.
BTEC L3 National Extended Certificate in Computing is equivalent to one ‘A’ Level. They carry weighting towards your UCAS points when applying to university.

Entry Requirements At least FIVE GCSEs grades A* - C including the new grade ‘5’ in Maths and ‘5’ in English.

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