Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

Do you have a natural affinity with computers and IT?  Perhaps you want to be a games or application programmer, perhaps a website designer or network manager? If this appeals, then this course is for you!

Using the latest technologies and purpose built facilities; you will learn how to write programs in different applications, design and produce professional websites and databases, create and manage computer networks, learn graphics techniques, identify and resolve business/client problems, manage projects and cover many more related topics and subjects. This course is ideal if you want to enter the computing sector and have a skill set that compliments a range of careers.

What does the course involve?

Topics of study include:

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science
  • Planning & Management of Computing Projects
  • Software Design & Development Project
  • IT Systems Security & Encryption
  • Business Applications of Social Media
  • The impact of Computing
  • Website Development
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Computer Networking
  • Managing & Supporting Systems
  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • Systems Methodology

What makes this course special?

The College has recently made substantial investments in its IT infrastructure; we have some of the latest software including the .Net framework and a specialist network/hardware facility. This course is a widely recognised formal qualification based on ‘real world’ aspects of practical computing.

It is run by highly trained and qualified staff with a proven track record of achievement at all levels. It offers a wide range of topics/subjects giving the learner an excellent foundation for further study in their chosen area.

This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma carries the same UCAS points as 3 A Levels for university entry.

Placements/Work Placements

The College has a good relationship with a range of employers in the area to enable you to gain real work experience during both years of your course. Our Placement co-ordinator will liaise with you to ensure that your chosen placement is successful.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs grades A* – C or 9 – 4 (Maths and English would be an advantage as they can be a requirement for Higher Education Progression) or
  • An overall merit profile in a relevant Level 2 qualification in Information Technology
  • An interest in computing and software systems with some experience of using PCs and software (you will not be expected to have previous programming knowledge)
  •  You will need to be well motivated and committed to attending classes and completing all coursework

What are the assessment methods?

Assessment is through a variety of examinations and coursework-based methods including:

  • Examinations (external assessments)
  • Case studies
  • Observation of practical work
  • Assignment
  • Work-based projects

Assignments may involve:

  • Individual research
  • Group work
  • Surveys project work
  • Oral and visual presentations etc.

How long is the course?

Two years full time.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Minimum 90% attendance.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Whilst there are no additional fees for the course you will be expected to bring a memory stick, pens and paper. There are a number of exciting optional trips throughout the two years that will incur expenses.

What are the progression options?

The requirements of the qualification enables learners to develop the transferable and higher order skills which are highly regarded by higher education providers and employers.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and will allow for direct entry in to university, in fact, the vast majority of our students use this course for entry to higher education. You can progress onto our Foundation Degree in Computing and Internet Technologies at the University Centre Somerset,  with the opportunity to top-up to a BSc (Hons) Computing & Internet Technologies.

Awarding Body

Pearson BTEC.

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