Level 3 Computing & ICT
Over a two year course you will develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the areas of web-design, digital graphics, software development, networking, hardware repair and programming. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this course progress onto Higher Education or employment in the computing industry.
- Course Information
The course is a technical, work-related course designed for those wishing to learn how to be professionals in the computing industry. You will complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations and business scenarios.
Topics can include:
- computer systems (hardware and installation)
- big data (researching and using data)
- spreadsheets and database development
- graphic design and web scripting
- games development
- mobile engineering
- business use of social media
Mathematical concepts are at the very heart of computing, and you will need to understand concepts and number systems, whilst a keen interest in technology outside of the classroom is absolutely essential too.
Please note that if you want to progress onto Games Development, Computer Science, Software Engineering/Development or Programming degrees you will normally need GCSE grade B or equivalent in Maths.
- Entry Requirements
For our Advanced Vocational courses our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade C/Level 4 including either Maths or English Language at Level 4 or above, and no less than a Level 3 in the other.
Some courses and subjects will have additional specific entry requirements or require DBS clearance to undertake placements. Information about this can be found on the Apply Portal, and on your offer letter which you will receive after your interview.
- How will I be assessed?
The course is delivered as a combination of theory and practical, and you will be assessed through both a portfolio and external assessment for core units set by the exam board.
Internal assessments use a wide variety of methods including presentations, reports, posters, podcasts, role-plays and interactive quizzes.
- Progression Pathway
Upon completion of further study, you would be able to pursue a career in:
- software engineering
- web and multimedia production
- systems analysis
- hardware and software support
- network engineering
- computer games development
You may also choose to start work in the industry at a more junior level immediately after completing your Level 3; you can apply for positions such as IT technician or web developer.
Previous students have gone on to higher education courses including:
- Software Engineering
- Computer Science
- Information Systems
- Computing Technology
- Computer Forensics
- Multimedia Technology
- Business Management
- Information Technology
- Computer Aided Engineering
Students have progressed onto higher education courses at institutions including Runshaw, UCLan, Salford, Manchester, Lancaster, Sheffield, Liverpool, Nottingham, Chester, Birmingham and Cumbria.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.