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Computer Systems & Networking Advanced BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Computing (NQF) at Derby College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Computing is designed to offer an in-depth experience of computing topics that will empower your future choices.  It carries the same value as three A-levels, with similar opportunities for university and employment.

You will develop knowledge of computer science and computer systems, as well as a range of computer skills such as managing networks, systems analysis, design and methodology, website design and database development.

Course content


Principles of Computer Science


Fundamentals of Computer Systems


IT Systems Security and Encryption


Business Applications of Social Media


Website Development


Systems Analysis and Design


Managing and Supporting Systems 


Entry requirements

You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths.


Alternatively you should have BTEC First Level 2 at Merit grade or OCR National Level 2 at Merit grade, plus GCSE English and Maths grade C.  This will be discussed during your interview / enrolment.


Assessment is based on 80% coursework via a range of methods. You will be asked to complete written assignments, undertake presentations, prepare case studies and work on 'real projects'. 20%  of the assessment is based on an external exam.

Financial information

You may have to fund learner trips and visits in support of this qualification.  Costs will be discussed during your induction period.

Future opportunities

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses, for example:

  • MSc or BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Information Technology Practitioner 
  • BA (Hons) Creative Digital Media
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks.

Some university courses may require the achievement of specific units and learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with individual higher education providers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016

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