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Computing BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at The Bishop Wand Church of England School

Course description

Do you enjoy gaming and want to learn how you can create one of your own? Got an amazing project you want to make real? Do you have an idea for an app or do you enjoy coding? Or do you simply want to gain a well-recognised qualification to compliment your other studies?

If so, this is the qualification for you!

Course content

Principles of Computer Science - (Synoptic)

Fundamentals of Computer Systems

IT Systems Security and Encryption.

Games and Website Development.

Entry requirements

Level 2 ICT qualification B/C or Merit


The course consists of coursework and examination. Principles of Computer Science, is assessed by students having to complete a two hour exam, the exam has a maximum of 90 marks. During the exam students will be required to apply their acquired computer thinking skills to help solve a number of problems. Fundamentals of Computer Skills, requires students sit a 1 hour and 45 minute exam worth 80 marks. The exam will assess students’ on their knowledge and understating of how computers systems work, including the role of hardware and software, the way components of system work together and how data in a system is used.

Other units are internally assessed; the format of the assessment is an assignment taken after the content of the unit. This ranges from practical to written types.

Future opportunities

This qualification provides an opportunity to progress to higher education to study a BTEC Higher National in a computing discipline, a degree in a computing discipline or a degree where computing-related skills and knowledge may be advantageous, such as Business Studies. This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. As the mandatory content is equivalent in size to one A Level, higher education representatives have confirmed that it is appropriate to allow learners to choose their optional units from a wide range so that they can explore their own choice of areas for further study.

Further information

During the course you will have the opportunity to meet employers in the Computing Industry

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop Wand Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016

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