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Computing BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Ashington Community High School

Course description

Students will study a number of units covering all aspects of Computing. Topics covered will range from the Principles of Computer Science, Planning and Managing of Computing Projects, Building Computer Systems and IT Systems Security. You may also get the opportunity to study units in digital graphics, digital audio, digital video, mobile apps or networks.

Course content

Unit 1 - Principles of Computer Science
This unit covers the principles that underpin all areas of computer science. It will develop your computational -thinking skills and you will apply those skills to solve problems. You will explore the logical and structured ways that computer systems handle data to develop programs, processes and systems that solve specific problems. You will examine the features of effective computer programming and apply accepted and industry recognised computing and programming paradigms. You will analyse, develop and evaluate algorithms and computer code and propose and apply solutions to ensure that computer systems are fit for purpose. You will develop the skills to effectively analyse a problem, break it down into its component parts, and design and evaluate solutions.

Unit 2 – Fundamentals of Computer Science
The aim of this unit is to study the fundamental principles of how computer systems work, including the role of hardware and software, the way components of a system work together and how data in a system is used.

In this unit, you will explore the relationship between hardware and software as part of a computer system. You will examine the way computer components work both individually and together to store and process data, and the way in which data is transmitted and used in computer systems.

You will explore the impact that computing systems have on organisations and individuals.

Entry requirements

It is necessary for you to have gained a grade C in completed GCSE Computer Science. You will need to be able to work as an independent learner as well as part of a group and team. It is essential that you are organised and structured in terms of meeting deadlines.


There will be a combination of internally and externally assessed units. Two of the mandatory units will be externally assessed. The others will be internally assessed.

Future opportunities

There are many options on completion of this course. You may decide to go on to complete an apprenticeship, employement or university to follow a course in Computing or a similar area. Related areas are:

- Game production and programming
- Computer programming
- Forensic courses
- Other related courses

Career Prospects
Computing is an area that is developing rapidly. Computer Science is an industry that is continuing to grow based on apps, computer programs, media and the internet. There are many jobs that will be available.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashington Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2017

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