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Computing Level 3 Diploma - Extended Certficate at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

Whether it’s smartphones or social networks, self-driving cars or personalized medicine; technology is transforming society at an unprecedented rate. The Level 3 Computing Applied Diploma explores principles and technology making these changes.

You will be investigating the Gaming and Cybersecurity industries providing an insight into two of the UKs two high growth Tech industries.

In the course you will develop your coding and logical thinking skills, study how computer systems work, design and develop a computer game, and investigate security systems and encryption techniques.

If you really enjoy problem solving, are confident with numbers and want to play a part in the future of computing and computer programming, then this is the course for you.

This is a practical course involving team work, communication and organisational skills.

This is an Extended Certificate equivalent to one A level.

Course content

Year 1

Fundamentals of Computer Systems

You will study the fundamental principles of how computer systems work, including the role of hardware and software, the way components of a system work together and how data in a system is used. Also, you will explore the impact that computing systems have on organisations and individuals.

IT Systems Security and Encryption

Increasing reliance on computer systems makes individuals, organisations, companies and countries vulnerable to cyber attacks.

You will look at the forms these attacks may take, how these expose weaknesses in IT systems, and how they can be avoided. You will learn about the complexities of configuring IT networks which can both store and share data safely. You will investigate encryption methods and use these to devise your own secure IT systems.

Year 2

Principles of Computer Science

You will start by studying the principles of computer science. You will explore the logical and structured ways that computer systems process data, examine the features of effective computer programming, and analyse, develop and evaluate algorithms and computer code.

Computer Games Development

In this unit you will investigate the computer games industry and its impact on technological and social trends. You will also design and developing a computer game to meet client requirements.


A combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.


Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including English.. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in Computing if taken at GCSE level. You need at least Grade 5 in higher tier Mathematics.

Future opportunities

If you are interested in studying Computing or Software Engineering at university, and want the widest choice of course and university, then you should take A level Maths with Computing. Computing also combines well with Physics.

Students who completed their courses with us recently are studying, for example, Computer Science and Maths at Exeter, Computer Science at Essex, Computer Science with Industrial Experience at Hull, Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) at Hertfordshire, and Computer Gaming Technology at Anglia Ruskin.

Further information


Come to our open evening on 18th and 19th October 5-9pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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