Computing (BTEC Level 3)
This course has been designed to allow students to familiarise themselves with the subject knowledge and skills in computer science and computer systems, enabling learners to progress to further study of the sector or other computing related sectors.
What will you be learning?
Unit 2: Fundamentals of a computer system
Explore the relationship between hardware and software as part of a computer system. You will examine the way computer components work both individually and together to store and process data, and the way in which data is transmitted and used in computer systems.
You will explore the impact that computing systems have on organisations and individuals.
Unit 7: IT Systems security and encryption
Investigate the many different types of security attack, the vulnerabilities that exist and techniques that can be used to defend the IT systems of organisations. You will learn about the complexities of configuring and supporting these networks. You will also explore how encryption can be used to protect data.
You will plan and apply suitable protection to an IT system and test it to ensure the protection is effective. You will configure an IT system’s access control settings to control user access to various IT system resources, including files, folders and printers. Finally, you will review the protection that you have applied to an IT system and consider how effective it might be in defending the system from attack.
Unit 15: Website development
Unit 1: Principles of computer science
Explore the logical and structured ways that computer systems process data to develop programs, processes and systems that solve specific problems.
You will examine the features of effective computer programming and apply accepted computing and programming paradigms. You will analyse, develop and evaluate algorithms and computer code, and propose and apply solutions to ensure that computer systems are fit for purpose. In this unit, you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.
How is it assessed?
Y12, Unit 7: Portfolio work,
Y12, Unit 2: External examination,
Y13, Unit 1: External examination
Y13, Unit 15: Portfolio work
Minimum functional skills L1 or equivalent in ICT.
Minimum 4 grade in GCSE English language.