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BTEC Computing (Single) - Block B@ The Leigh Academy at LAT16 Leigh

Course description

The BTEC National Extended Certificate is a practical, work-related course. Students will develop computational thinking skills to effectively analyse a problem, break it down into its component parts and design and evaluate solutions, Students learn by carrying out external examination and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

Students focus on particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge. The course also benefits from a flexible unit structure which matches content to students’ interests. Possible optional units include Digital Graphics animation, mobile apps development and computer games development.

Course content

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science
  • Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems


Year 2

  • Unit 7: IT systems Security and Encryption
  • Unit 15:Website Development 

Entry requirements

  • 5+ GCSEs A*-C (9-4)
  • Grade 4 in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and a Science-related subject


Two units are assessed by examination and other units are assessed by reference to achieving specified learning outcomes.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for an Undergraduate degree course at University.


Careers could include:

Software Designer


Computer Game Designer


Further information

Rav Hayre, Director of Learning ICT

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: 03 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years