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Computing BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is designed to allow students to improve their communication and develop their skills in hardware architecture, software development and game design and development. It will appeal to students who wish to progress to a university degree and/or pursue a career in an IT-related field such as games development, IT engineering or software development.

What goes well with this course?

This course goes well with Mathematics, Media, Science and Design courses.

Course content

Students will get to understand how computers work and gain practical experience in installing hardware and software. 

The units that will be covered include:

  • Computer Games Design
  • Computer Systems

Students at Coulsdon Sixth Form College study in dedicated computing suites with state of the art IT facilities, including Microsoft Office 2010, Adobe Creative Suite software version 5.0, Apple software development tools (for creating Apple Apps) and Microsoft Visual Studio. There is a 100 Mps network for superfast video streaming.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

Students should have at least basic IT skills and be interested in the practical aspects of computers. They should enjoy and be good at working with numbers, planning their own learning and working with others. Students must be able to work on their own initiative to solve problems, meet coursework deadlines and give presentations.


The course is assessed on the basis of student portfolios and exam. Students will complete 3 units of coursework in each year.

The programme of study is varied and is designed to prepare students for the tasks they would face in  IT-related jobs, such as software development and systems support. Students will learn by completing projects and assignments based on the demands and activities of realistic workplace situations.

Future opportunities

BTECs in Computing are accepted by universities and are an excellent foundation for a range of IT and Computing degree courses.  Success on this course will allow students to progress into IT-related careers including software and games development and IT technical support.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coulsdon Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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