Course Code
28205 19
Course Title
Level 3
1 year
Entry Requirements
4 x GCSEs at grade A*-C / 9-4 including maths and English or a Level 2 IT qualification at Merit or Distinction plus grade A*-C /9-4 maths and English. A commitment to learning and a keen interest in IT.
Start Date
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Entrance requirements

4 x GCSEs at grade A-C / 9-4 including maths and English or a Level 2 IT qualification at Merit or Distinction plus grade A-C /9-4 maths and English. A commitment to learning and a keen interest in IT.

If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Level 2 Study Programmes.

Course Description

Our various programmes in Level 3 Computing equate to 1, 2 or 3 A-levels.

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Computing, could will lead on to a BTEC National or Extended Diploma

Our diplomas are tailored to include specialised units that may lead on to the following disciplines: Computer Science Computing for Creative Industries Computer Systems and Network Support Business Information Systems

Depending upon availability and entry requirements you will be placed on one of the disciplines where you will study units that are selected to meet needs. There will be a combination of units from hardware, software, website development, programming and web animation. Areas of study could include; Computer Systems, Website Production, Information Systems, Organisational Systems Security, Managing Computer Networks, Digital Graphics, Computer Games Development, Web Animation for Interactive Media.

Who is the course suitable for?

Our BTEC Level 3 in Computing is a vocational qualification that is designed for young people who are taking their first steps towards a new career and need the right blend of technical and academic skills in order to become the highly skilled and work ready individuals that employers and universities look for. You should also have a commitment to learning and able to attend College full time prepared to learn. This qualification will help you to develop the transeferable skills, attributes and behaviours needed to progress to further study at the next level and employment. You will also be required to complete PPD, English and Maths alongside your computing course.

Development of Maths and English

At this level it would be expected that you will have GCSE maths and English at A-C/ 9-4. Students who have not yet achieved at least a grade C/4 in English and Maths will have to continue taking these subjects up to the age of 18, as per government requirements. At Central Bedfordshire College Students who have not achieved A-C/9-4 in GCSE Maths and English will be required to retake these GCSE subjects in order to obtain at least a C/4 grade at GCSE level.

Employability Skills Development

Your study programme includes employability skills development, careers information, support and guidance on progression opportunities.

How will the course be taught?

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced professionals who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level.

Lectures, discussions, independent research and practical and written tasks.

How will I know how well I am doing?

Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their learners on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, manage your workload and meet college expectations.

Are there any additional costs?

Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement. Pens, paper and a USB memory stick are essential purchases. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.

What course can I do next?

You can progress onto:

  • Level 3 Diploma in ICT Sysytems
  • Level 3 in Computing

Alternatively you could look for an Apprenticeship or entry level employment.

Where can I get further support / advice?

Please apply online and you will be invited for an interview with the subject teacher who will discuss the course fully with you.

How do I join the course?

Please apply online

Course Fees

16-18 £0.00 19+ Advanced Learner Loan £3345.00 for Year 1 Subsidiary Diploma Fees for year 2 will be available at the end of year 1.

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