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Computing Level 3 - National Extended Diploma

Level 3
BTEC Extended Diploma
Tycoch, Gorseinon
Two years
Telephone: 01792 284000 (Tycoch), 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


Course overview: 

In this two year course, students will learn the fundamentals of computing through hands on projects and exercises in database design, website design, server installation, programming in languages like C# and games design in programs like Unreal Engine. These practical exercises will allow students to compete in competitions including Skills Wales and World Skills where they will demonstrate their skills in solving real world problems.  

Course objectives: 

  • Understand the basic principles of computing and its applications  
  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills  
  • Write simple programs using a programming language  
  • Understand the principles of cyber security 
  • Build complex computer networks and server infrastructure. 

Course outcomes: 

  • Students will have knowledge on a wide range of aspects in the tech industry 
  • Students will be able to select from a range of careers including programming, cyber security, IT technician, server management, web design, and database construction. 

Key information


  • Combination of external examinations and coursework.  

Grading criteria: 

  • Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

Staying with the college, you could progress on to the HND in Applied Computing.

Previous students have gone on to study a wide range of IT or computing related degrees in university including computer information systems, computer forensics, computer games development and computer science. Their choice of university has also been varied, including Swansea, University of South Wales, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Cardiff University or Cardiff Metropolitan University. Students may also choose to take an apprenticeship or go directly into the tech industry. 

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