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IT (Computing) - BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Longley Park Sixth Form College

Course description

Alongside core units in Communication and Employability and Computer Systems, this course is designed specifically for those students interested in computing rather than ICT in general.

Course content

Additional units of study on this pathway will include a range from Databases, Programming, Networking and Mathematical concepts.

In the first year you will complete two units which is the equivalent of half an A Level.  In the second year you will complete two additional units which will gain you the equivalent of a full A Level.

These are some of the areas you will study:

  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Computer Games Development

A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date.  This means that course content may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C).  You will normally need at least a grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.  Non-GCSE qualifications like BTEC Level 2 in a related area can count towards this total, but we will also look at your overall academic profile.

You do not need to have a formal qualification in IT or Computing to take this course, but you should have some experience of using IT applications.


Assessment is carried out by a series of external examination and internal assignments which are marked by your teachers.  Assessment methods throughout the course will ilnclude reports, case studies, examinations, controlled assessment, presentations and practical assessments.


Financial information

Everything you must have to undertake the course will be provided by College.  You may have to pay for extras such as trips/visits.

Future opportunities

Students from this course will go on to university to study computing, e-Business, IT for practitioners and software engineering.  The course develops valuable skills for other higher level courses and employment.

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: 28 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks
  • Course code: CPT/3EC/118C