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This course is designed to allow students to develop their skills in hardware architecture, software development and game design and development. It will appeal to students who wish to progress to a university degree and/or pursue a career in an IT-related field such as games development, IT engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence or software development.
What goes well with this course?
This course goes well with Mathematics, Media, Science and Design courses.
BTECs in Computing are accepted by universities and are an excellent foundation for a range of IT and Computing degree courses. Success on this course will allow students to progress into IT-related careers including software and games development and IT technical support.
Students will gain knowledge and pratical experience in Computer Sciene and Computer Systems.
The units that will be covered include:
- Principals of Computer Science
- IT Security and Encryption
- Games and Website Development
Students at Coulsdon Sixth Form College study in dedicated computing suites with state of the art IT facilities, including Microsoft Office 2010, Adobe Creative Suite software version 5.0, Apple software development tools (for creating Apple Apps) and Microsoft Visual Studio. There is a 100 Mps network for superfast video streaming.
Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences
The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips and presentations by visiting speakers.
Students on this course have visited An Aviation Experience (plane simulator), to experience how software enables an aircraft to operate.
The course is assessed through a combination of internal and external assessments. Students will complete 10 units of coursework and one exam in each year.
The programme of study is varied and is designed to prepare students for the tasks they would face in IT-related jobs, such as software development and systems support. Students will learn by completing projects, exams and assignments based on the demands and activities of realistic workplace situations.
The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.
4 grades A* - C at GCSE plus English minimum Grade 3 and Maths minimum Grade 2 or equivalent qualifications (a Merit or higher at BTEC Level 2 in the same subject is accepted as part of the 4 A* - C GCSEs).
Students should have at least basic IT skills and be interested in the practical aspects of computers, computer systems and software development. 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 2017
The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.
Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy 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/Diploma in Computing information leaflet.