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Computing BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma at South Tyneside College

Course description

Computing is concerned both with computers and computer systems – how they work and how they are designed, constructed, and used. The core study of computing encompasses programming languages, data structures, algorithms, and the underlying science of information and computation.

The influence of computing has been profound in shaping the world in which we now live. The use of technology is almost universal among UK businesses, and increasingly businesses are adopting strategic technologies to deliver new opportunities.

The BTEC National Extended Diploma in Computing is a two year course which is equivalent to 3-A levels and is accepted by universities across the country; it is also the ideal course for someone seeking employment in a computing sector.

This course is designed to introduce a wide range of computing disciplines.  You will have the opportunity to develop knowledge of and skills in computer science, computer systems and networks and social media in business, enabling you to progress to further study of the computing sector or other sectors.

In the first year you will study a range of units and on successful completion achieve a BTEC L3 National Foundation Diploma in Computing.  On successful completion of additional units studied in the second year you will achieve the Extended Diploma in Computing.

Course content

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Principles of computer science
  • Unit 2: Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Unit 7: IT Systems security and encryption
  • Unit 8: Business applications of social media
  • Unit 15: Website development
  • Unit 17: Mobile app development

Year 2

  • Unit 3: Planning and management of computer projects.
  • Unit 4: Software design and development project
  • Unit 9: The impact of computing
  • Unit 11: Digital graphics
  • Unit 16: Object orientated programming
  • Unit 19: Computer networking
  • Unit 21: Virtualisation

Entry requirements

All applicants will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course. This interview provides the opportunity for both the potential student and College staff to ensure that the course will meet the needs and abilities of the student.

Applicants will be expected to have at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C and above including maths and English, or a BTEC First Diploma in an IT related discipline at Merit or above.  Progression on to year 2 of the programme will require overall Merit or Distinction in year 1.


This course is assessed using a mixture of exams, coursework assignments and projects.

Future opportunities

Successful students can progress into jobs with a wide range of employers or go on to higher education at universities or colleges. Such as the Foundation Degree in Computing at South Tyneside College validated by the University of Sunderland.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 August 2016

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