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Computing & ICT BTEC Level 3 at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Computing & ICT?

Students are given a good grounding in all aspects of the subject, and the means to study a specialist area when either moving on to university, progressing into employment, or continuing with training on an apprenticeship. The Level 3 course in particular gives students experience in all aspects of computing, and will provide the means to study a specialist area at university.

Good communication skills are essential for each course, but most importantly you must have a passion for the subject, and a willingness to be creative and dedicated. There may be choices of specialist units which include programming for those who demonstrate their ability.

You can also look forward to an exciting range of enrichment that supports your learning including:

  • Outdoor pursuits
  • Visit to the Trafford Centre
  • University visits
  • Alton Towers
  • Ten Pin bowling
  • National Media Museum, Bradford
  • Gamer Expo

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 95% of students achieving high grades.

What will I study?

The course is a technical, work-related course designed for those wishing to learn how to be professionals in the computing industry. You will complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations and business scenarios.

Topics are likely to include:

  • Computer Systems (hardware and installation)
  • Big Data (researching and using data)
  • Spreadsheets and Database development
  • Graphic Design and Web Scripting
  • Games Development
  • Mobile Engineering
  • Business use of social media

Mathematical concepts are at the very heart of computing, and you will need to understand concepts and number systems, whilst a keen interest in technology outside of the classroom is absolutely essential.

Please note that if you want to progress into Games Development, Computer Science, Software Engineering/Development or Programming degrees, you will normally need GCSE Grade 5 in Maths.

Entry requirements

For access to our Advanced Vocational courses, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 4 equivalent (5 x Grade 4 or C). This should include Maths or English (Language or Literature) at Grade 4, and no less than a 3 in the other.

For Computing & ICT specifically, this should include Grade 4 in Maths.


How is the course assessed?

The course is delivered as a combination of theory and practical, and you will be assessed through both a portfolio and external assessments for core units set by the exam board.

Internal assessments use a wide variety of methods including presentations, reports, posters, podcasts, role-plays and interactive quizzes.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

Upon completion of further study, you would be able to pursue a career in:

  • Software engineering
  • Web and multimedia production
  • Programming
  • Systems analysis
  • Hardware and software support
  • Network engineering
  • Computer games development

Alternatively, previous students have gone on to higher education courses including:

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Computing Technology
  • Computer Forensics
  • Multimedia Technology
  • Business Management
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Aided Engineering.

Where are you going?

  • Developer
  • Programmer
  • Security Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Manager

Further information

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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: 01 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: LVEDICT

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