BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Computing


Computing is a subject that will appeal to students who are interested in a future working with computers or in a related area such as Electronics and Engineering.  It is a very 'hands on' subject that focuses heavily on computer programming, as well as the theoretical understanding of how computers work.  During the course, students will be assessed on their ability to apply computational-thinking skills to solve problems as well as their knowledge and understanding of how computer systems work.

The course does not require previous experience of programming.


Computing is highly regarded by top universities and is an excellent foundation for a Computing university course such as:


  • Computer Science/Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Engineering
  • Computer Game Development
  • Creative Computing (with Gaming/Animation)
  • Networking and Security
  • Computer Forensics
  • Interactive Media
  • Web Technologies
  • Mobile Computing

An alternate progression route is an Apprenticeship. There are a wide variety of Apprenticeships relevant to this course, such as:

  • IT Support Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Developer
  • Tester
  • Service Desk Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • IT Application Specialist
  • Cisco Apprenticeship Programme

Course Content

Computing Students will learn how computers work and gain practical experience in a range of software environments.  

Units include:

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • IT Systems, Security and Encryption
  • Computer Games Development

The course will involve programming in C# with Visual Studio and using software such as Unity in the second year.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Computing students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • A range of experience days at various universities covering topics such as 3D animation.  Students gain an insight into career opportunities and see the latest technology in action

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


The course is assessed via coursework. Computing students will apply their learning through practical assessments in the form of internally assessed assignments.  Students will be marked on their ability to apply computational thinking skills to solve problems as well as their knowledge and understanding of how computer systems work.

The exam board for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Computing is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students will need the following minimum GCSE grades:

* Grade 4 in Maths

Students should have at least basic IT skills and be interested in the practical aspects of computers. They should enjoy and be good at working with numbers, planning their own learning and working with others. Students must be able to work on their own initiative to solve problems, meet coursework deadlines and give presentations.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2019

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2019 application form.

All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Computing information leaflet.

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