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Computing Level 3 Diploma

Level 3 Applied Courses

You will be investigating the Gaming and Cybersecurity industries providing an insight into two of the UKs two high growth Tech industries. In the course you will develop your coding and logical thinking skills, study how computer systems work, design and develop a computer game, and investigate security systems and encryption techniques.

This is an Extended Certificate (60 credits) equivalent to one A level.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

Year 1

You will start by exploring the logical and structured ways that computer systems process data, examine the features of effective computer programming, and analyse, develop and evaluate algorithms and computer code. You will then investigate the computer games industry and its impact on technological and social trends. You will also design and developing a computer game to meet client requirements.

Year 2

You will 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. You will look at increasing vulnerability to cyberattacks focusing on the forms these may take and how they can be avoided. You will investigate encryption methods and use these to devise your own secure IT systems.


Assessment

  • 58 % exam
  • 42 % coursework

Is it for me?

You will enjoy and benefit from Computing if you are keen to develop your problem solving and programming skills; want to understand the internal structure of computers and how they operate; are considering following a career in IT, software development / support, games or cybersecurity industry; want to study Computer Science, Computing or Software Engineering at university.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE Computing if taken.
  • Grade 5 in higher tier GCSE Maths.
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