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Computing Extended Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Advance your knowledge of computer science and the fundamental understanding of computer systems. This course will give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of how computers work and skills in programming, managing networks, cybersecurity, designing and developing applications and websites and games development.


What Does The Programme Include

You will learn new skills through lectures, demonstrations, e‑learning, private study, practical workshops, investigative work, case studies, guest speakers and group work.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above, including English, and a grade 6/​B in maths, or a relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

There are four externally set and marked assessments, two are written examinations and two are controlled assessments. The remaining assessments consist of internally set and marked assignments.

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to the HND in Computing and Information Systems at University Centre Stamford or other degrees at University. You could also enter employment as a:

  • Web designer
  • Network administrator
  • Help-desk analyst
  • Software developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Teacher

Course Content

You will study a range of units including:

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • Planning and Management of Computing Projects
  • Software Design and Development
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Business Applications of Social Media
  • The Impact of Computing
  • Human Computer Intervention
  • Computer Games Development
  • Website Development
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Computer Networking
  • Managing and Supporting Systems

Course Trips

You will have the opportunity to take part in external trips, such as Alton Towers, Bletchley Park Computer Museum and Amazon amongst others. You will meet a range of guest speakers from the industry to give you top tips for advancing your career in IT.


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