Computing and Software Development Extended Diploma Level 3 18+ - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Do you have a natural affinity with computers and IT? Perhaps you’re interested in becoming a Programmer, Security Specialist, Website Designer or Network Manager. If this appeals, then this course is for you.

Using the latest technologies and purpose-built facilities, you will learn how to write computer programs, design and produce professional websites and databases, create and manage computer networks, identify and resolve business or client problems, manage projects and cover many more related topics and subjects.

Units may include:

· Principles of computer science

· Fundamentals of computer systems

· Planning and management of computing projects

· Software design and development

· IT systems security and encryption

· Object orientated programming

· Computer networking

· Business applications of social media

· Managing and supporting systems

· The impact of computing

· Systems methodology

· Website development

· Systems analysis and design

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through a variety of examinations and coursework-based methods including examinations, case studies, practical observations, assignments, individual research and work-based projects.

Progression Options

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and will allow for direct entry into university or onto our Foundation Degree in Computing & Internet Technologies at University Centre Somerset, with the opportunity to top-up to a BSc (Hons) Computing & Internet Technologies.

Course Summary

Course Title Computing and Software Development Extended Diploma Level 3 18+
Entry Requirements

You need five
GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range (Maths and English would be a distinct
advantage as they can be a requirement for Higher Education progression) or an
overall Merit profile in a relevant Level 2 qualification in Information

You also need
a keen interest in computing and software systems with some experience of using
PCs and software (you will not be expected to have previous programming

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I chose to study at BTC because of the excellent computing and IT facilities and, of the local colleges in the area, it seemed able to provide the best experience. My confidence has definitely developed during my time at the College. Interacting with new people and in a new environment has helped me come out of my comfort zone and progress personally.

Jake Hall - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Computing

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