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Computer Science BTEC Level 2 Diploma for IT Practitioners at Eastleigh College

Course description

This programme provides a foundation to all aspects of computing, with a strong bias towards practical study that mirrors how industry works.

Learners will study a range of topics designed to give them a firm grounding in Computer Science and enable them to progress to more specialised training, such as the Level 3 Computer Science programmes.

During the programme, you will learn among other things, how to create a computer network on Linux and Windows and how to create 2D animation.

As a Microsoft IT Academy Program Member we are able to offer Microsoft certification alongside many of our units of study.

Course content

The Level 2 Computer Science programme provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and developing the specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the industry, such as:

  • Understanding the online world, services and communication, and the impact it has on business, social networking and online security
  • Developing technical skills by learning about hardware, software, networking and data and the relationship between them all
  • Using creative, communication and presentation skills when designing and producing a digital portfolio.

The programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, practical sessions and group work.


Entry requirements

  • You will require at least five GCSEs at grade A*-D including English, Maths and a Science or IT subject.
  • All applicants should also complete a successful interview in college, demonstrating interest and commitment to study and have good attendance and attainment reports from a previous school or college.
  • A firm commitment to seek on-going study at Level 3 in the Computer Science field is required.
  • Any student without GCSEs at grade A*-C in English or Maths will be required to continue study in this area, either through GCSEs or Functional Skills. The pathway followed is dependent on the grade achieved at GCSE, screening and intended progression.


There are two formal exams, which students will sit in addition to collecting evidence in an electronic portfolio (coursework).

Further information

All students can use our Learning Centre which is fully equipped with modern PCs, printers and scanners. Access to the Internet is available in all computer rooms. All full-time students will be provided with email facilities for use with coursework.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 March 2016

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