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Information Technology and Computing BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma NQF at Lea Valley High School

Course description

The course provides students with a broad foundation of skills and knowledge in IT through the mandatory units. It also allows them to tailor the programme of learning to their interests through a wide range of optional units, enabling them to focus on their personal aspirations.

The course is ideal if you prefer a more hands on approach to IT and Computing. This course is designed to give students the technical knowledge, skills and understanding they need to use computers systems competently and equip students with some of the skills they will need in the workplace or in further education or training.

Course content

This National Extended Diploma is worth 1080 guided learning hours (GLH) equivalent to three A Levels. The students will be awarded a grade for each unit — Pass (equivalent to a grade E), Merit (equivalent to a grade C) or Distinction (equivalent to a grade A). During the course students will study a total of thirteen units over two years.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A* ‐ C including Mathematics and English Language at grade C or better

Assessment

This National Extended Diploma is worth 1080 guided learning hours (GLH) equivalent to three A Levels. The students will be awarded a grade for each unit — Pass (equivalent to a grade E), Merit (equivalent to a grade C) or Distinction (equivalent to a grade A). During the course students will study a total of thirteen units over two years.

 

The mandatory units that will be taught and assessed are:

1.            Principles of Computer Science

2.            Fundamentals of Computer Systems

 

The remaining units to be taught and assessed are on topics such as Planning and Management of Computing Projects, Building Computer Systems, Software Design and Development Project, IT Systems Security and Encryption, Object Oriented Programming, Relational Database Development, Computer Games Development, Systems Analysis and Design, Digital Graphics and Animation, Computer Networking and Software Development.

Assessment is by three assessment methods:

  • Internal Assessment - marked by their class teacher
  • Controlled Assessment—Set and marked by Examining Body (Pearson)
  • Written Exam—Set and marked by Examining Body (Pearson)

Future opportunities

Students can go on to study for a degree in Computer Science, Software engineering, Artificial Intelligence and many other IT related degrees.

Further information

Further Reading:

How Computers Work 9th edition - R White and T Downs

How to Program ‐ 6th Edition - Paul Deitel

teach‐ict.com btec_new/level3/btec_level3.html

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lea Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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