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Computer Science BTEC level 3 Diploma at Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

Course description

  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.  
  • An understanding of the organisation of computer systems, including software, hardware, data, communications and people. 
  • The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming, in a range of contexts to solve problems. 
  • Students generate authentic evidence, drawing on their knowledge and skills to complete a practical project over a period of time, working either individually or in a team. 

Course content

Year 12:  6 core Topics: 
1. Principles of Computer Science
3. Planning and Management of Computing projects
5. Building Computer Systems
6. IT Systems Security
22. Systems Analysis and Design
24. Software Development 
Year 13:  4 optional topics from the following list: 
10. Human-computer Interaction
15. Website Development
16. Object-oriented Programming
17. Mobile Apps Development
18. Relational Database Development
25 Web Application Development
26. Programmable Devices and Controllers
28. Computer Forensics 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs Grade A* - C, including one of:

  • ICT Grade A*- C
  • BTEC Merit and above 


Unit 1 and 3 are exam based and externally assessed by the exam board. 
Other units are assessed internally and moderated by the examination board 

Future opportunities

In today's workplace, those with knowledge and skills in computing have the opportunity to pursue new and exciting careers and to be instrumental in the conception of computer systems that increasingly shape work and leisure activities.
It is envisaged that students will utilise the skills and knowledge of computing in one of three ways.
  • Firstly, to provide a general understanding of the use of computer technology and systems, which will inform their decisions and support their participation in an increasingly technologically dependent society.
  • Secondly, to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to seek employment in areas that utilise computing, where they may develop their skills and knowledge further through practical experience and training.
  • Thirdly, students may choose to continue to develop their knowledge and understand of computing through entry to higher education, where this qualification will provide a useful foundation for further study of computing or more specialist aspects of computing. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016
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