ICT and Computing BTEC Level 3

ICT and Computing BTEC Level 3

ICT and Computing BTEC Level 3

(Software and Games Development, Networking and Cyber Security)

Course outline:

This professional work-related course which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels, will enable you to develop your knowledge regarding a range of computer applications, as well as programming techniques and software development. Through a variety of interesting units, you will acquire the necessary skills as well as the understanding that will enable you to develop computer-based solutions to solve problems.

Through this course you will learn to:

Use application software
Obtain hardware skills
Develop your aptitude for investigation
Carry out design, development, and the testing of computer based solutions
Cope confidently with event-driven programming techniques
Develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using computers
Develop an understanding of a range of applications for computer systems including software, data and hardware
Have an awareness of emerging technologies and have an appreciation of their impact on society
Acquire the skills necessary to apply this understanding to developing computer-based solutions for real world problems

Through a combination of theoretical and practical content, you will gain an excellent level of knowledge and understanding, as well as a substantial range of programming and software development skills required for the appropriate vocational sectors of the computer industry.

This vocational qualification is broadly the equivalent to two GCSE A Levels – it will give you the opportunity to progress to higher education qualifications in the same vocational area.

Course structure:

The course is made up of thirteen units consisting of areas such as:
Principles of Computer Science
Fundamentals of Computer Systems
Planning and Management of Computing Projects
Building Computer Systems
IT Systems Security and Encryption
Human Computer Interaction
Software Design and Development
Website Development
Computer Games Development
System Analysis and Design
Digital Graphics and Animation
Business Applications and Social Media
Impact of Computing

Key Facts:

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    Examination Board


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    Two years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    • Five GCSEs at Grades 4 – 9
    • English and Mathematics GCSE Grade 4 or above

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    Possible combinations:

    Will complement most subjects.

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    All students have access to our enrichment programme

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    Skills developed:

    • Programming skills and practice
    • Problem-solving
    • Identification of appropriate hardware and software
    • Implementation of effective solutions
    • Ability to organise and present information clearly and logically

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    Likely next step opportunities:

    A high percentage of our students progress on to university to study or gain employment within the computer industry.

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    Assessment summary:

    • A mixture of externally and internally assessed units
    • Each unit is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*
    • You must gain a Merit overall within the first year of the course in order to progress to the second year

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