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computing and information technology level 3

Computing Foundation Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Paston College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


This course will investigate how to build your own computer. You will find out what hardware and software work well together and set up a physically safe device. You will also undertake skills in IT security, where you will discover how to create an IT system which is unbreakable to hackers, including ciphering, encryption and researching how to best protect a system from hackers and viruses.
You will study six mandatory units:

Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science (Synoptic)
Unit 3: Planning and Management of Computing Projects
Unit 5: Building Computer Systems
Unit 6: IT Systems Security
Unit 10: Human–Computer Interaction (Synoptic)
Unit 24: Software Development
Through the four additional units, you will have the opportunity to explore units such as digital graphics and animation, digital audio, digital video, computer games development, website development and 3D modelling.

Why Our College?

Learn from industry experts

As part of the computer networking unit, you will have the opportunity to work with a specialist before building your own computer network

Explore technology through your own creations

You will have the opportunity to write software which can include computer games or even a mobile app

Recognised programme

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics and is recognised by BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Entry Requirements

Additional entry requirements for this course: Maths GCSE new grade 4 (or old grade C)

Learning Outcomes

This qualification is designed to support students who want a strong core study of computer science to enable progression to roles in the computing industry or progression to higher education, with a focus on the computing sector. The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it incorporates the most up-to-date knowledge and skills to enable progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been consulted on the content development to corroborate its relevance with current industry practice used in computing and related occupational disciplines.


Additional entry requirements for this course: Maths GCSE new grade 4 (or old grade C)


When studied with other qualifications, such as an A Level or BTEC Extended Certificate in a different or complementary subject, such as Mathematics, Physics Business, Graphics, Photography or Media you can progress to higher education on a full degree course, for example:
BSc (Hons) in Games Programming
BSc (Hons) in Creative Technologies
BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing (Gaming).

Career Progression

This qualification enables you to develop the knowledge and skills needed for computing roles, including:

Web Development and IT Support apprenticeships
Trainee Games Programmer
Assistant Online Marketing Designer
Digital Media Trainee
Assistant Producer (Games).


If you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 years and over please contact the Advice Shop.

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