Level Three National Certificate in Computing

The course is designed for students who wish to have a career in IT Computing or progress to a Level Three BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Computing or onto a Foundation Degree in Computing or university, if combined with A-levels or other qualifications. Learners will study for three mandatory units and three other units. The course is equivalent to one A-Level.

This course is available as part of a full-time study programme for 16 to 18 year olds, and as a part time course for adults aged 19 and over.  Please ask learner services for details.

What will I study?

Mandatory units: 

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamental of Computer Science
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption

Optional units (these are subject to available tutors):

  • Computer Games Development
  • Website Development
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Managing and supporting systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through 2 externally set exams, practical activities and written coursework. Assessment methods used include exams, assignments, observations, presentations, displays and written reports.

How will the course be delivered?

Delivery will be in the classroom, alongside set independent work.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade A* to C/4 -9 including English and mathematics
  • Satisfactory College interview
  • An initial assessment

Interviews for full time courses starting in September are postponed, but don't worry - applicants will instead be given a formal offer of a place on a suitable course. Other entry requirements still apply.

Where you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course you will be accepted.

Where you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, we guarantee you a place on a suitable alternative. See How to Apply for further details.

What next?

BTEC diplomas are valued by employers, universities and colleges. Students go into careers in many IT-related disciplines. If you want to go straight into a job, you could work in systems analysis and design, software engineering, computing and website development. If you decide to go into higher education, you could do our Foundation Degree in Computing or degrees in subjects such as computing, e-business, games programming or software engineering.

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Higher Education Apprenticeship Guide Full-time Course Guide 2021 Part-Time Autumn Course Guide