Computing

Transition materials for Y11 going into Y12


WHAT IS COMPUTING?
If you intend to pursue a career in computing, ICT or games development, or have a strong interest in this area, then the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Computing is perfect for you.

The areas covered in this course include: Principles of Computer Science, Fundamentals of Computer Systems, IT Systems Security and Encryption along with one optional unit chosen from App Development, Website Development and Human-Computer Interaction.

WHY STUDY COMPUTING?
This course will give students the opportunity to learn about the computing sector, including computer hardware and systems along with computer programming principles and techniques.

These skills are essential for further study in Computing or commencing a career in the computing sector.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, a positive college interview is required.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?
There is a combination of coursework and external examinations.

External assessment accounts for 58% of your final grade.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A BTEC IN COMPUTING?
This valuable qualification, equivalent to an A-level, can lead to a wide range of university courses, usually in the computing sector, but it is useful in other sectors too.

Alternatively, students could move into computing related apprenticeships or other employment within the computing industry.