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Computer Systems and Security BTEC Extended Certificate level 3 – C0882

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Course Overview

This is a one-year study programme equivalent in size to one A Level that will develop your technical skills in areas of web design, computer systems and computer security. During the course, you will develop skills and knowledge in the use of industry standard packages.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 (C) or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

During the programme, you will study the following subjects. Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science, where you will explore and develop programs, handling data within a program and processes and systems to solve problems. Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems, you will know who and why computer components and the data they use, has an impact on the work of computing professionals. You will look at the role of hardware and software as part of a computer system both individually and together, to store and process data. Unit 7 will be looking at IT Systems Security and Encryption. In this unit, you will investigate many different types of security attacks, the vulnerabilities that exist and how you can defend IT systems of organisations. Finally, in Unit 15 you will be learning about website development using scripting languages such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript, and simple text editors. You will also reflect on webpage design using a testing and review process.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of work or study. You are required to have three GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above to include English and maths.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is via coursework and completed over one year. You will need to evidence your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades. Grades are pass, merit and distinction.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £2583.00

Additional Costs

This is a full level 3 course. If you turn 19 before the end of this academic year you will not be eligible for funding to study any further level 3 qualifications. If you wish to study further level 3 qualifications you will have to pay for them or take out an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of fees.

Material Fees

£40.00

Disclaimer

If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

On successful completion of the one-year programme, you could progress to the one-year diploma (C0883 Computer Systems and Apps Development BTEC Diploma level 3). Successful completion of this one year course would give you the equivalent of two A levels. You may then choose to study a higher education course at university or go on to a Higher National Diploma at Leicester College. There could also be employment opportunities in trainee positions within programming such as IT support, network administration and support, or to an IT and telecoms professional apprenticeship.

What Happens Next

If you are at school speak to your teacher or careers adviser for advice on applying. Alternatively, you can complete the Leicester College application form available on our website. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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