Computing BTEC

Online Application Selection: National Certificate in Computing (Games, Apps and Encryption) BTEC Level 3
Qualification at End of Year 2: National Extended Certificate in Computing (Games, Apps and Encryption) BTEC Level 3
During Year 1 you will study for the National Certificate, for Year 2 you will progress to the National Extended Certificate.
Exam Board & Specification Code: Pearson; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/4 in English Language GCSE and C/4 in Maths GCSE.
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: A combination of written exams and projects
BHASVIC Department: Computing and I.T.


What will I study?

You will develop your programming ability in several languages and learn how to build apps to demonstrate your skills. You will investigate security threats to data and plan & apply techniques to defend against security attacks on IT systems. You will explore how encryption protects data, learn more about how computer systems work, hardware and software, the way components of a system work together & how data in a system is used. 

Is this course right for me?

This course is the equivalent of an A level. It is suitable for those with a clear interest in programming and Computing as a subject area. Although it IS NOT a requirement, ideally you will have studied Computer Science at GCSE. It matches well with: Computer Science A level, IT BTEC, Maths A level, Physics A level or related courses in science, economics or business.

Where next?

This course provides a strong core study of computer science to enable progression into higher education, with a focus on areas such as software engineering, game development, app design & programming. It is also a good foundation for degrees where computing-related skills and knowledge may be advantageous, such as business studies, sciences and engineering. Equally, the course supports direct entry into a range of careers in the computing industry. A degree apprenticeship (where you earn a salary and have your university fees paid for) is another possible progression route from this course.

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