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Holmer Green Senior School

Holmer Green Senior School

Computing - BTEC Level 3

If you have a keen interest in Computing and want to gain the fundamental knowledge and skills in the Computing sector, with a view to progress onto a wide range of higher education courses then BTEC Level 3 Computing is the right course for you. It is a nationally recognised qualification, which will prepare you for many careers and further study at degree level and beyond.

You will study the principles of Computer Science, various programming languages and the fundamentals of Computer Systems. Alongside this you will also be studying IT Systems Security and Encryption and how to ensure a computer system is kept secure. We will also Investigate the computer games industry and its impact on technologic and social trends which will enable you to design and develop a computer game to meet the user requirements. You need to have a keen interest in computing and evidence of completion of using a programming language is essential.

Course Content

There are  three mandatory units;

  • The principles of Computer Science
  • The fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • IT Systems security and Encryption

And one option unit which is selected by the subject teacher. They may include:

  • Human-computer interaction                                   
  • Computer games development                                
  • Mobile apps development     
  • Digital graphics and animation
  • Website development
  • Managing and supporting Systems

Examinations

Exam Board: OCR

You will be assessed through four units of work:

  • Two units are externally assessed through a written examination.
  • Two units are internally assessed through coursework.

Teachers can provide some guidance on coursework which ensures the students maintains a high standard in order to achieve a mark to their ability. Students will be able to manage their own time in regard to completion around the hand in dates set by their subject teacher. Grades are given from a pass, merit or distinction for each piece of work and the cumulative points earned for all units will then influence the overall grade awarded to the student on completion of all four units.

Head of subject: Miss F Kiss

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 GCSE Computer Science, 6 in Maths and 5 in English

Are you interested in: Programming, Problem solving, Practical & technical skills, Logical thinking?

Leading to a career in: Software Developer, Cyber Security, Network Manager, Game development, Data Analyst, Systems Engineer, IT Consultant

This subject goes well with: Maths, Physics, Business

Student Views

“It is a course that enables you to have hands on experience, after all technology is part of our  future, and we need to decide how it can impact and shape our world.”