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Computer Science – BTEC Level 3 National Diploma


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




1 - 2 Years

Today’s BTEC Nationals are very demanding. The Computer Science qualification is designed for those who want a strong core study In computer science. The Computer Science qualification will provide you with access to subject knowledge and skills in computer science and computer systems, enabling you to progress to further study within Computer Science or the Computer Science, Computing work sector. The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computer Science is equivalent in size to two A levels and is designed to be taken alongside another level 3 course equal to one A level. 

From School  – Five GCSEs at grades 9-4, inclduing English at grade 9-4 and Maths at grade 9-6. It would be desirable if you have gained the GCSE in Computer Science 

From CollegeMerit or higher in BTEC Level 2 Award in Information Creative Technology or another relevant level 2 course. English and/or Maths at level 2 or higher 


Computer science covers a broad variety of roles that ensure complex systems and software applications are designed, built and maintained to appropriate standards to enable you to gain the skills required to carry out these roles over the two years of this course you will learn about in – 

Year One: 

You will study: 

  • Unit 01 Principles of Computer Science (Exam)
  • Unit 02 Fundamentals of Computer Systems (exam)
  • Unit 07 IT Security & Encryption (Assignment)
  • Unit 14 Computer Games Development (Assignment)*


Year Two: 

In your second year you will study: 

  • Unit 03 Planning and managements of Computing Project (Externally assessed)
  • Unit 08 Business Application of Social Media (Assignment)
  • Unit 09 The Impact of Computing (Assignment)
  • Unit 15 Website Development* (Assignment)


BTEC Nationals are assessed using a combination of Internal Assessments, which are set and marked by your lecturers, and External Assessments which are set and marked by Pearson. 


Further Study: 

  • HND Computing and Systems Development 
  • HND Computer Systems and Design 
  • FdSc in Web Design and Software Development 
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science  

Career Options: 

  • Service Desk Analyst 
  • IT User Support Technician 
  • Applications Support Developer 
  • Software Developer 
  • Web Developer. 
  • Apprenticeships (Level 3/4) 

You will have various Guest Speakers from various areas of the Computing industry come in throughout the course. Previous trips have included: Bletchley Park and the National Computer Museum 

you will have access to computers with industry standard Software, a Hardware and Software Lab and VR Headsets