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Software Design and Programming BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Wilberforce College

Course description

This Extended Diploma is a technical course designed to prepare you for exploring a specialist career in software design and programming. You will discover how computer programs are designed, developed and marketed through studying a wide range of topics that will teach you about computer programs their design and development. You will also have the opportunity to be creative in your approach by undertaking topics in subject areas such as computer animation, website development, installing and upgrading software and digital graphics for interactive media. This is a course where you will be taught through a mixture of formal lessons, practical workshops, team projects and discussions. Your teachers will encourage your enthusiasm of computer programming. Following this course you could progress onto university to study a degree in Software Design, Software Engineering, Web Development or Computer Systems or consider other IT professions such as Games Design or project management.

Course content

The units for this course include:

  • Software Design and Development
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Project Planning with IT
  • Procedural Programming4
  • Website Production
  • Computer Animation
  • Computer Game Platforms and Technologies
  • Computer Games Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Communication and Employability
  • Skills for IT
  • Computer Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • IT Technical Support
  • Installing and Upgrading Software

Entry requirements

4 A* - C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum of grade D in GCSE English Language and grade C in GCSE Mathematics.


Some continual assessment, some assessed with coursework and some with exams (you must pass every unit to pass the course). The units are graded pass, merit or distinction with an overall accumulated grade awarded after 18 units have been completed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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