BTEC Computing & Digital Technologies Level 3

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Computing and Digital Technology



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time

Crosskeys Campus

Start Date

Start Date
04 September 2024


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include Maths/Numeracy and English/Welsh First Language, or an appropriate Level 2 Diploma qualification at Merit grade with GCSE Maths/Numeracy and English/Welsh First Language at grade C or above.

In a nutshell

Learners will develop a common core of computing knowledge and study areas such as managing support systems, system analysis, and design & digital graphics to develop additional specialist computing knowledge. The course aims to provide learners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in computer science, enabling learners to progress to further study in the computing sector.

This course is for you if...

... You want a combination of academic teaching and practical training
... You enjoy working as part of a team
... You are enthusiastic about technology

What will I be doing?

You will learn through practical experiences by taking part in projects set by employers and of course, quality work experience opportunities.

Complete a CyberHub Trust digital technologies project with an industry partner.

The projects offer:

  • Exciting, innovative and active learning, relating directly to real work
  • High quality teaching from qualified staff in core academic areas (including English and Maths)
  • Prestigious coaching and industry expertise
  • Industry-standard facilities and resources to aid your learning
  • Personalised learning to suit your individual skills and interests
  • Excellent links with employers
  • A clear line of sight to the world of work and your future career
  • Help to develop essential employability skills
  • High quality career education and advice
  • The expectation that on completion of your course, you will progress into either employment, an apprenticeship or further/higher education
  • Opportunities to meet and connect with other young people around the country through the CyberHub Trust
  • Expert support, advice and mentoring to expand your horizons and encourage aspiration

You’ll acquire a combination of computing knowledge and practical skills to meet the ever-changing technological demands of industry.

The course takes a unit-by-unit approach and you’ll be assessed through assignments, tasks and written exams. Qualifications you’ll achieve are:

  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Computing
  • Wider Employability Skills
  • Level 3 Essential Skills AON and Communications

The BTEC Computing modules include:

Year 1

  • Principles of Computer Science (exam)
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems (exam)
  • IT Systems Security & Encryption
  • Business Applications of Social Media
  • Computer Games Development
  • Website Development

Year 2

  • Planning & Management of Computer Projects (exam)
  • Software Design & Development Project (exam)
  • Impact of Computing
  • Digital Graphics & Animation
  • Relational Database Development
  • Computer Networking
  • System Analysis & Design

What is expected of me?

To enter, you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include Maths/Numeracy and English/Welsh First Language, or an appropriate Level 2 Diploma qualification with a Merit grade and GCSE Maths/Numeracy and English/Welsh First Language at grade C or above.

You’ll need to be committed to your studies and progression to an apprenticeship or employment in the sector. You’ll need to be prepared to study and work in a learning environment which mirrors work rather than the classroom including extended hours, business dress and behaviours.

What comes next?

Work in related fields such as:

  • Network engineering
  • Programmer
  • Website design and development
  • ICT systems support
  • Advanced apprenticeships in Computing
  • University level study in computing subjects

Additional information

There are opportunities to gain work experience, take part in problem-based learning and the opportunity to partake in the Erasmus scheme.

Where can I study BTEC Computing & Digital Technologies Level 3?

Crosskeys Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 04 September 2024

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team