BTEC Computing

If you intend to pursue a career in computing, ICT or games development, or have a strong interest in this area, then the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Computing is perfect for you.

The areas covered in this course include: Principles of Computer Science, Fundamentals of Computer Systems, IT Systems Security and Encryption along with one optional unit chosen from App Development, Website Development and Human-Computer Interaction.

Why study Computing?

This course will give students the opportunity to learn about the computing sector, including computer hardware and systems along with computer programming principles and techniques.

These skills are essential for further study in Computing or commencing a career in the computing sector.

To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, a positive college interview is required.

There is a combination of coursework and external examinations.

External assessment accounts for 58% of your final grade.

This valuable qualification, equivalent to an A-level, can lead to a wide range of university courses, usually in the computing sector, but it is useful in other sectors too.

Alternatively, students could move into computing related apprenticeships or other employment within the computing industry.

Having done Computing at GCSE, I really enjoyed it so wanted to continue at sixth form. It is an enjoyable course which gives you lots of great opportunities to learn new things. The topics I have most enjoyed are binary and IT security.

Computing Student

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