Computing Extended Diploma Level 3 (FCMP)

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC85
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Computing is an exciting and fast-moving field of study, this course will allow you to combine your skills of problem-solving, analysis and creative thinking to come up with solutions for various technological systems.

Computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century. Whether you want to be a scientist, develop the latest killer application, or just know what it really means when someone says “the computer made a mistake”, studying computing will provide you with valuable knowledge.

Having a computing qualification will provide you with a foundation of knowledge, problem solving and logical thinking that will serve as a competitive advantage to you in your career, in whatever field you choose.

The BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma are structured into specialist pathways so that learners choose a route that relates to a career direction. This pathway includes an additional mandatory unit that focuses on how the use of IT impacts business systems


As well as providing you with a better understanding of the practical and technical skills needed for a successful career in IT, this course provides opportunities for students to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in an IT and Computing career. If you are interested in learning about general computing and IT subjects, the online world, computing and new technologies, this is the course for you. We will introduce you to the industry, technology systems, mobile app development, hardware and web development and also provide an opportunity for you to engage with software development, coding, networking and information systems and project management.

This course also helps us to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.

Course themes:

• The online world and technology systems

• Creating digital animations and graphics

• Programming/coding

• Mobile apps development

• Database development

• Website development

How will it be delivered?

The course offers a combination of assessment styles that include assignments set and marked by teachers which may include written work, observed practical tasks and projects. External assessment includes two written exams and two set tasks marked by the awarding body. The range of assessments means that learners can demonstrate their achievement to the best affect when supporting HE applications or to a potential employment.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths. Where applicants do not meet the entry requirements, the tutor may use their discretion based on a good personal reference and/or successful interview.

Your next steps...

Having a BTEC Level 3 Qualification in Computing can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. If you are considering applying to university to study computer science, games programming, web design, computer forensics, software engineering, animation or any other related subject, then the course is ideal. Or you may wish to seek employment in a computing or IT role. The BTEC Extended Diploma is recognised by both universities and employers as the equivalent of three A levels.

Careers may include:

IT Technical Support or Network Engineer

Web, Games or Multimedia Developer

Computer Forensics and IT Security

Technical Sales or IT Consultant

Database Administrator or IT Teacher

Software Engineer or Software Tester

IT Project Management or System Analyst