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.
Apprentice Sam Mount is helping Derby’s Cathedral Quarter Hotel to improve its social media presence. He is one of three apprentices recruited by the hotel across its operations in a new partnership with Derby College. One of the city’s top boutique establishments, the hotel is a business focused on customer experience, and values its social media credibility highly.
Sam’s work plays an important role in communicating and engaging with customers as well as building the hotel brand through creative platforms. He attends Derby College on day release every two months as he works towards an NVQ award.
While the social side of university life appealed to me, I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to study for three years, especially when there was no guarantee of a job at the end of it. I’d always been interested in both the software and hardware aspects of computer technology, so when I saw the social media opportunity on the national apprenticeship website, I decided to give it a go.