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.
After finishing school I wanted to focus specifically on IT and achieved better results when doing course work so chose a BTEC National Diploma at Derby College. I really enjoyed focusing solely on IT but having various different disciplines with the IT, it gave me a varied understanding of what is expected within each different branch of IT. My time at the College gave me an understanding of different roles that I could do in a work environment and what skills are applicable in each field. I use of the technical programming skills I learnt at the College on a day to day basis.
The most exciting part of my current role is training and developing new staff members, helping them to learn new technical process and learning transferable skills that can go across the industry.