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Computer Systems and Security BTEC Extended Certificate level 3

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Computer Systems and Security BTEC Extended Certificate level 3
Code C0882
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a one-year study programme equivalent in size to one A Level that will develop your technical skills in areas of web design, computer systems and computer security. During the course, you will develop skills and knowledge in the use of industry standard packages. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 (C) or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.


During the programme, you will study the following subjects. Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science, where you will explore and develop programs, handling data within a program and processes and systems to solve problems. Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems, you will know who and why computer components and the data they use, has an impact on the work of computing professionals. You will look at the role of hardware and software as part of a computer system both individually and together, to store and process data. Unit 7 will be looking at IT Systems Security and Encryption. In this unit, you will investigate many different types of security attacks, the vulnerabilities that exist and how you can defend IT systems of organisations. Finally, in Unit 15 you will be learning about website development using scripting languages such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript, and simple text editors. You will also reflect on webpage design using a testing and review process.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment is via coursework and completed over one year. You will need to evidence your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades. Grades are pass, merit and distinction.

Entry requirements

Entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of work or study. You are required to have three GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above to include English and maths. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

Your next steps...

On successful completion of the one-year programme, you could progress to the one-year diploma (C0883 Computer Systems and Apps Development BTEC Diploma level 3). Successful completion of this one year course would give you the equivalent of two A levels. You may then choose to study a higher education course at university or go on to a Higher National Diploma at Leicester College. There could also be employment opportunities in trainee positions within programming such as IT support, network administration and support, or to an IT and telecoms professional apprenticeship.



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