Computing is concerned both with computers and with computer systems – how they work and how they are designed, constructed and used. The core of the study of computing encompasses programming languages, data structures, algorithms, and the underlying science of information and computation.
The influence of computing has been profound in shaping the world in which we now live. The use of technology is almost universal among UK businesses, and businesses are increasingly adopting strategic technologies to generate new opportunities.
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Computing is designed to offer an in-depth experience of computing topics that will shape your future choices. It carries the same value as three A-levels, with similar opportunities for university and employment.
You will develop knowledge of computer science and computer systems, as well as a range of computer skills such as managing networks, systems analysis, design and methodology, and designing and developing websites and databases.
You should have five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including English Language and Maths. A Computer Science based qualification is also desirable.
Alternatively you should have a BTEC First Level 2 at Merit grade or OCR National Level 2 at Merit grade. This will be discussed during your interview / enrolment.
Assessment is based 80% on coursework via a range of methods. You will be asked to complete written assignments, undertake presentations, prepare case studies, and work on 'real projects'.
20% of your marks will come from an external exam.
You may have to fund trips and visits in support of this qualification. Costs will be discussed during your induction period.
This qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses, for example a:
Some university courses may require the achievement of specific units and students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with individual higher education providers.
Working for prestigious knitwear brand John Smedley has brought marketing apprentice Sam Lavelle lots of exciting opportunities – not least meeting the Prime Minister at London Fashion Week. Sam, who is taking digital marketing qualifications via Derby College as part of his apprenticeship, was among a number of UK fashion apprentices who spoke with Theresa May during the event.
The Prime Minister was there to champion the UK's fashion industry – and highlight the vital contribution apprenticeships make in ensuring the sector remains a global leader.Sam, who has been with John Smedley since April, is delighted to have the chance to work alongside highly experienced and knowledgeable people on a daily basis. He is also enjoying working towards an OCR in IT through Derby College which will further his digital marketing skills. Sam said:
It's great. My tutors are supportive and I'm assessed in the workplace so I don't have to go into college. A lot of my learning is done online, which is also very convenient, and my assessors are flexible with meetings.
"Digital marketing is a big part of my role at John Smedley and I'm heavily involved in producing social media and other written website content for the company's central hub.