BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Computing


  • Course: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Computing
  • Qualification Type: National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
  • Qualification Level: Level 3
  • Course type: Full Time
  • Duration: 52 Weeks
  • Entry Requirements:

    5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths

  • Available Dates: 02/09/2024 to 30/06/2026
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This is equivalent to 1 A Level

Alongside core units in communication and employability and computer systems, this course is designed specifically for those students interested in computing rather than ICT in general. Additional units of study on this pathway will include a range from databases, programming, networking and mathematical concepts.


Themes that you will study are:

• Security and Cryptography

• Computer Systems

• Principles of Computer Science

• Games design and production

A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date.  This means that course content may be subject to change.

How will it be delivered?

Examinations and assignments.


What can I do next?

Students can progress on to industrial apprenticeships in areas as diverse as transport or the NHS. Many go on to study software engineering or computer security at university. You will be well placed to stand out in an expanding industry 

Degrees in: Cybersecurity, Computer, Programming, Software Development, Computing with Business, Computer Games Technologies, Computer Science, Computer Science with AI, Computer Science with Forensics, Smart Computing, Computing with Infomatics.

Career progression: Computer programmer, Ethical Hacker, computer scientist software developer, networking and software engineer, games developer, digital forensics. 

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