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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Computing is designed to offer an in-depth experience of computing topics that will underpin 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 computing skills such as designing and developing databases, websites, mobile applications, computer games, digital graphics and animation.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Business Applications of Social Media
  • Website Development
  • Digital Graphics and Animation
  • Computer Games Development

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is based 80% on coursework via a range of assessment 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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You may have to fund trips and visits in support of this qualification. Costs will be discussed during your induction period.

What can I do after this course?

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:

  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology Practitioner
  • BA (Hons) in Creative Digital Media
  • BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Systems and Networks.

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.

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Sam Mount

Sam Mount

Logging into a social media career

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.
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