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Programming Advanced BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Computing (NQF) at Derby College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Computing is designed to offer an in-depth experience of computing topics that will empower your future choices.  It carries the same value as three A-levels, with similar opportunities for university and employment.

You will develop knowledge of computer science and computer systems, as well as a range of computing skills such as designing and developing databases, websites, mobile applications, computer games, digital graphics and animation.

Course content

Unit No

Unit Name


Planning and Management of Computing Projects


Software Design and Development Project


The Impact of Computing


Mobile Apps Development




Systems Analysis and Design


Relational Database Development 


Entry requirements

You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths.


Alternatively  you should have BTEC First Level 2 at Merit grade or OCR National Level 2 at Merit grade, plus GCSE English and Maths grade C. These entry requirements will be discussed during interview / enrolment.


Assessment is based 80% on course work via a range of methods. You will be asked to complete written assignments, undertake presentations, prepare case studies and work on 'real projects'. 20% of the assessment is based on an external exam.

Financial information

You may have to fund trips and visits in support of this qualification. Costs will be discussed during your induction period.

Future opportunities

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting the admission requirements for many relevant courses, for example:

  • MSc or BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Information Technology Practitioner
  • BA (Hons) Creative Digital Media
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks.

Some university courses may require the achievement of specific units and learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 28 January 2016

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