DIGITAL, IT AND COMPUTING
LEVEL: 3 VOCATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE & EXTENDED DIPLOMA
EXAMINING BOARD: EDEXCEL PEARSON
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 100% IN 2018
This course is for students who are excited about technology; whether you have enjoyed Computer Science at GCSE or have never formally studied a technology course before.
The course develops an understanding of the technologies used in business and develops your employability skills to prepare you for a digital career. Digital skills are highly valued in almost every sector, with a current skills shortage within this area. A dedicated network is available to develop your networking skills.
Units are assessed by a mix of coursework and external assessment. On the Extended Diploma course you will also complete a work experience placement enhancing your career prospects.
The Extended Certificate course is equivalent to one A Level and compliments a wide range of subjects including; Business, Digital Media and Graphic Design. The Extended Diploma course is equivalent to three A Levels and you are not required to study additional subjects.
Students who study this course typically progress onto Computing or technology related Degrees at university, onto a Higher Apprenticeship, or straight into the workplace. Potential careers include:
- Software Development
- Database Administration
- Network Architecture
“The vocational Extended Diploma in Digital Technologies has enabled me to develop my interest in this area further. I enjoy the sheer variety of subjects that this course offers including using programming languages such as C# and VB.NET to develop software applications, as well as exploring digital 2D and 3D graphics and Web Development.”
Digital Technologies Vocational Student
On the BTEC Extended Certificate you will study a range of technologies and develop some practical IT skills.
First year units include:
• Information Technology Systems – study the range of systems used in business, including computer hardware and networks
• Database Management Systems – learn how to model data to meet business needs
Second year units:
• Social Media in Business
• Website Development
On the BTEC Extended Diploma you will study these units and explore a greater range of technologies whilst developing programming skills to code a variety of applications.
Typical First year units:
• Programming – an introduction to concepts and languages
• Mobile Apps Development
• Digital Graphics – including 3D modelling using Blender
• Customising Applications
Typical Second year units:
• Cybersecurity Incident Management
• Project Management
• Spreadsheet Modelling
• Software Testing
• IT Service Delivery
Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics and English Language.
Can I study this course without a GCSE in IT or Computing?
Yes, the course assumes no prior knowledge.
Can I take both Digital Technologies and Computer Science?
Yes, although they share some common topics. If you are interested in both courses you may want to consider the Extended Diploma course. If you are finding it difficult choosing between the two courses, come and talk to us at open evenings or call us to talk things through.