Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Campus
  • Taunton Campus

Who is the course for?

Do you have a natural affinity with computers and IT? Perhaps you’re interested in becoming a Programmer, Security Specialist, 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 computer programs, design and produce professional websites and databases, create and manage computer networks, identify and resolve business or client problems, manage projects and cover many more related topics and subjects.

What does the course involve?

Units may include:

  • Principles of computer science
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Software design and development
  • IT systems security and encryption
  • Games Programming
  • Object orientated programming
  • Computer networking
  • The impact of computing
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website development
  • Client Side Customisation of Web pages
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Database Design & Development
  • Communication Technologies

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

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range (Maths and English would be a distinct 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.

You also need a keen interest in computing and software systems with some experience of using PCs and software (you will not be expected to have previous programming knowledge).

What are the assessment methods?

Assessment is through a variety of coursework-based methods including, case studies, practical observations, assignments, individual research and work-based projects.

How long is the course?

Two years full time.

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 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and will allow for direct entry into universities or onto our Foundation Degree in Computing & Internet Technologies at University Centre Somerset, with the opportunity to top-up to a BSc (Hons) Computing & Internet Technologies.

Awarding Body

Pearson BTEC.

Further Information