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Computing Level 3 BTEC at Fulston Manor School

Course description


Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. The project approach is a vital component of ‘post-school’ life and is of particular relevance to Further Education, Higher Education and the workplace. Each learner is able to tailor their project to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations. BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.



This qualification is designed to support learners who are interested in learning about the computing sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in the computing sector. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Course content

The qualification is the equivalent in size to one A Level. It consists of 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed.


Mandatory content (83%).

Unit 1 – Principles of computer systems (written examination)

Unit 2 - Fundamentals of computer systems (written examination) Unit 7- IT systems Security and Encryption (portfolio unit)


Optional Units

Unit 14 – Computer games Development

Unit 17 – Mobile Apps Development


Entry requirements

A student is expected to have achieved either at least 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (or equivalent), one of these ideally being

GCSE computing at 4 grade or above. It is strongly advised that a student should have gained grade 5 at GCSE in Mathematics or a 5 in GCSE Science. Students are also expected to have a keen interest in computing and keep themselves up to date with technological developments and advances.


Assessment of units 1 and 2 in is by external assessment (examination). All other units are assessed by practical portfolio assessment.

Future opportunities

One can study computing and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science as well as within an information technology field.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us, ask your CXK Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years