Accessibility links

Computing Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Bridgwater College

Course description

Do you have a natural affinity with computers and IT?  Perhaps you want to be a games or application programmer, perhaps a website designer or network manager? If this appeals, then this course is for you. Using the latest technologies and purpose built facilities; you will learn how to write programs in different applications, design and program PC games, design and produce professional websites and databases, create and manage computer networks, learn graphics techniques, identify and resolve business/client problems, manage projects and cover many more related topics and subjects. This course is ideal if you want to enter the computing sector and have a skill set that compliments a range of careers.

Course content

Topics of study include:

  • Developing Computer Games
  • Object Orientated programming
  • Event Driven & Procedural Programming
  • Software Design & Development
  • Communications Technologies
  • Computer Networks
  • Network & Organisational Systems Security
  • Computer Systems
  • Database Design
  • Website Production & Client Side Customization of Web Pages
  • HCI — Human  Computer Interaction
  • Communication & Employability Skills for IT
  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • Information Systems
  • Impact of ICT

Entry requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs grades A* – C (Maths and English would be an advantage as they can be a requirement for Higher Education Progression) or
  • An overall merit profile in a relevant level 2 qualification in Information Technology
  • An interest in computing and software systems with some experience of using PCs and software(you will not be expected to have previous programming knowledge)
  •  You will need to be well motivated and committed to attending classes and completing all coursework


Assessment is through a variety of coursework-based methods including:

  • Case studies
  • Observation of practical work
  • Assignment
  • Work-based projects

Assignments may involve:

  • Individual research
  • Group work
  • Surveys project work
  • Oral and visual presentations etc

Future opportunities

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels and will allow for direct entry in to university, in fact the vast majority of our students use this course for entry to higher education. You can also go onto our HND in Computing at Bridgwater College, with the opportunity to top-up to a BSc (Hons) Degree in Computing here at Bridgwater College.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2016

Key information