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Computing (Computer Science) - BTEC National L3 Diploma at The Milton Keynes Academy

Course description

This course is for you if you want to continue your education through applied study of Computing and you are interested in pursuing a career in the IT sector but not necessarily in Computing.

This course relates directly to the skills and understanding needed for further study in Computer Science and Computer Systems. Over the course you will gain a broad understanding of the subject and learn knowledge and skills enabling you to progress to further study of the sector.

Through the optional units, you will have the opportunity to explore human/computer interaction, website development, mobile app development, relational database development, web application development, programmable devices and controllers and computer forensics.

Course content

There is a mixture of internal (67%) and external (33%) assessment. You will produce a portfolio of coursework that will be internally assessed regularly. You will also complete set tasks under controlled conditions that are assessed externally. A grading scale of Pass, Merit or Distinction is applied to all work.

The coursework will be evidenced through practical assignments, oral presentations / demonstrations, written reports and project work. You will need to ensure that you are organised and enjoy spending time working through a range of individual tasks.

This course is equivalent in size to two A Levels.

  • Pass is equivalent to an E at A Level
  • Merit is equivalent to a C at A Level
  • Distinction is equivalent to an A at A Level
  • Distinction* is equivalent to an A* at A Level

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C (or equivalent), including minimum D grade English & Maths. Minimum of C grade (or equivalent) in ICT or Computer Science.


Unit 1: : Principles of Computer Science - Written exam externally assessed

Unit 3: Planning and Management of Computing Projects-   Externally assessed controlled assessment

Unit 5: Building Computer Systems - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 6: IT Systems Security - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 10: Human Computer Interaction - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 17: Mobile Apps Development - Internally assessed coursework 

Unit 18: Relational Database Development - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 22: Systems Analysis and Design - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 24: Software Development - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 28: Computer Forensics - Internally assessed coursework

Future opportunities

This course, alongside other qualifications, provides the necessary entry requirements for a wide range of higher education courses including HNDs and degrees. The qualification supports entry to, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) in Computational Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) in Digital Media and Information Studies/Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) in Electronic and Computer Engineering

By studying this qualification, you will develop your cognitive and problem-solving skills through practical projects which will give you an advantage if applying for entry level roles or apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Milton Keynes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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