Computing, Level 3

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.
Course end date:
31 Jul 2018

This is a two year programme equivalent to 3 A-Levels, aimed at people wanting to study IT at advanced level.

You will develop skills across a broad range of areas such as digital graphics, website production, event-driven programming, computer networks, systems analysis and design, databases, human computer interaction, web server scripting, two dimensional animation and interactive media authoring.

This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years. You complete the 90-credit Diploma in the first year and the Extended Diploma in the second year. The two-year course is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*)  or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.

On this course you will take part in lively discussions about new technology and use our 3D printer and seperate network, giving you the opportunity to practice networking. The department organises talks from employers, for example, last year BAE gave students an oveview of project management, and Bletchley Park gave a security talk. They also organise industry relevant visits and trips, for example last year students attended EGX in Birmingham, the UK’s biggest gaming event.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

You will study core units in:

- Communication and Employability Skills
- Computer Systems
- Information Systems

As well as specialist units, including:

- Digital Graphics
- Website Production
- Event Driven Programming
- Computer Networks
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Software Design & Development
- Object Oriented Programming
- Database Design
- Human Computer Interaction
- Mathematics for IT Practitioners
- Web Server Scripting
- Computer Animation
- 2D Animation Production
- Interactive Media Authoring

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the year via professional discussions, assignments, practical observation and presentations.

There are 3 assessments per unit and 9 units a year.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

Many students progress onto the College’s Foundation Degree in Computing or a university programme. There are a huge range of possible Higher Education routes including programming, games design and business IT. Some learners prefer to gain employment in the IT industries in programming, networking or web design areas.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You will need a Level 2 Diploma in ICT (at Merit or Distinction grade), or five GCSEs at grades A*-C or above, one of which should be in IT and one in English. You should also demonstrate a keen interest in IT development.

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on for details. Fees will be confirmed in the Spring Term. More about Student Finance.

Next: Apply

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