Level 3 BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Computer Science


On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Computing. With so much investment and heavy reliance on technologies, Computing has become a global industry. With use of Artificial Intelligence and robots, low skill jobs are disappearing and you need to have specialist skills to secure a well-paid and desirable job.

This qualification is designed to support you to study Computing as a one-year, full-time course, or as part of a two-year, full-time study programme. The qualification consists of 6 units of which 4 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed. This course will offer you a broad range of computing topics that will help you to progress to higher education. You will develop a common core of computing knowledge and study areas shown above, to develop some additional specialist computing knowledge.

What will I study?

The course will cover the following modules:

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Business Applications of Social Media
  • Website Development
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Digital Graphics and Animation

During the 2nd year, you will be focusing more on Computer Systems, System security, website production.

Subject: Computing
Qualification Type: BTEC
Study Location: Tower Hamlets Campus

Entry Requirement:

5 or more GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language and Maths at grade 5. Progression from Level 2 IT/Computing at Merit or Distinction and Maths at grade 5. Entry is also subject to interview and satisfactory references. A previous IT qualification is essential.

Where does it lead:

You can progress to Extended National Diploma or possibly Higher National Certificate (subject to grades) At the end of 2nd year, the qualification supports entry to, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Information Management for Business
  • FdSC in Business Computing
  • BA (Hons) in Creative Digital Media
  • BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems
  • FdSC in Business Computing with Networking.
Who is the course available for: 16-18

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