Computing BTEC Cert / Ext Cert

BTEC Certificate/ Extended Certificate

There is a mixture of internal and external assessment. You will produce a portfolio of coursework that will be internally assessed regularly. You will also complete set tasks under controlled conditions that are assessed externally. A grading scale of Pass, Merit or Distinction is applied to all work.

The coursework will be evidenced through practical assignments, oral presentations / demonstrations, written reports and project work. You will need to ensure that you are organised and enjoy spending time working through a range of individual tasks.

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems (Exam) (M)
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption (Coursework) (M

Year 2

  • Principles of Computer Science (Exam)(M)
  • Human-computer Interaction (Coursework)(O)

*Units marked (O) are subject to change

Career Path

This course, alongside other qualifications, provides the necessary entry requirements for a wide range of higher education courses including HNDs and degrees. The qualification supports entry to, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) in Computational Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) in Digital Media and Information Studies/Mathematics

By studying this qualification, you will develop your cognitive and problem-solving skills through practical projects which will give you an advantage if applying for entry level roles or apprenticeship.

More than just a course

The department offers lots of additional help out of lessons and by email. Students have the opportunity to develop high-level skills using industry standard software from Microsoft and Adobe.

When opportunities arise the department organises visits and activities to enhance learning. The units we select for our BTEC Computing courses focus particularly on programming. The work is challenging but you will find these resources useful to aid the transition from school to sixth form college.

Try the online Python and HTML & CSS tutorials on

We suggest you try developing simple programs using this industry–standard software. You will find tutorials online to get you started.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics, grade 4 in English Language and a grade 5 in Computer Science (if studied).

“I am really enjoying my course, the teaching is of a very high level. I am looking forward to progressing onto university and would like to study computer science.”
Matthew Roberts