What is the course about?
If you are interested in creating your own programs then this course is ideal for you, it helps you develop problem-solving skills. The course develops skills that will enable you to enter various computing and IT industries, such as the computer games development, networking, Computer programming. You will learn a range of programming languages and codes including Event Driven Programming, Object Oriented Programming, along with software design principles, website technologies (CSS, JavaScript) and managing business projects. You will also investigate security issues related to networks and organisations and how to prevent them.

The College has made substantial investments in its IT infrastructure; we have the latest hardware and software, in addition to a specialist network/hardware laboratory. The course is run by highly trained and qualified teachers with a proven track record of high achievement rate at all levels.

The course is equivalent to THREE ‘A’ levels.

What units/topics will be studied?
Overall the course consists of 13 units.
SEVEN mandatory units with FOUR units externally assessed and SIX optional units including:
• Principles of Computer Science
• Fundamentals of Computer Systems
• Planning and Management of Computing Projects
• Software Design and Development Project
• IT Systems Security and Encryption
• Business Applications of Social Media
• The Impact of Computing, Computer Games Development
• Object-oriented Programming
• Mobile Apps Development
• Computer Networking

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?
The National Extended Diploma in Computing is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels and will allow for direct entry in to university or employment/apprenticeship; the vast majority of our students use this course for entry to higher education.

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

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