BTEC Level 3 – IT & Computing

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Extended Diploma in IT (Computing)

There is always a demand for IT professionals with high-level computing skills and this demand is predicted to grow in the future. At Wyke we deliver courses designed to provide students with the computing skills required to take advantage of this demand.

The following courses are available at Wyke:

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (1x A-level equivalent)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (3x A-level equivalent)
  • Who Is This Course For?


    This Subsidiary Diploma is for A-Level students seeking a hands-on technical computing course to run alongside their other A-Level options. It is for students who have an interest in computing, together with a keen desire to develop high-level technical skills and progress to university or into a career requiring computing skills.

    The Extended Diploma is a 2-year course combining technical academic content with advanced work-related computing skills. The course is equivalent to three A-Levels and for many years has been a proven progression route to university, with many of our past students achieving 1st class and Masters degrees in Computer Science, and to success in the computing industry.

  • Course Details:

    Course Details

    The Subsidiary Diploma includes the following units:
    Communication and Employability Skills for IT
    Computer Systems
    Software Design and Development
    Website Production
    Computer Animation
    Event Driven Programming

    The Extended Diploma includes the following units:
    Communication and Employability Skills for IT
    Computer Systems
    Software Design and Development
    Website Production
    Computer Animation
    Event Driven Programming
    Systems Analysis & Design
    Information Systems
    Multimedia Design
    Computer Networks
    Developing Computer Games
    Client Side Customisation of Web Pages
    Spreadsheet Modelling
    Digital Graphics
    Database Design
    IT Technical Support
    Web Server Scripting
    Object Oriented Programming.

    Students will discover how computers work, write computer programs, design and create web sites, create computer animations, develop advanced-level application skills, install and configure computer hardware and develop project management skills. In addition to these high-level practical computing skills, students will also develop independent research skills, time management and personal organisation – skills valued by universities and business.

    Students have the opportunity to develop high-level skills using industry standard software from Microsoft and Adobe. In addition to the IT suites our courses are based in, the department also has a practical lab giving students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of installing and configuring hardware and software. The department organises visits and activities to enhance learning and also has links with local businesses and HE providers.


    The Computing Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The department uses a number of hi-tech IT suites equipped with the latest hardware and software, a practical lab for the assembly and configuration of computers and networks, and also makes use of interactive on-line resources to facilitate independent learning. Practical skills are an essential part of the course and our well equipped IT suites supported by experienced teachers and skilled technicians ensure opportunities are available to enhance learning and develop skills and confidence in this subject.

    The teaching staff consists of:

    • Kevin Penny – Head of subject
    • Johanna Clemas – Computing Teacher
    • Amanda Bird

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    The units we select for our BTEC Computing courses focus particularly on programming. The work is challenging but you will find these resources useful to aid the transition from school to sixth form college.

    Try the online Python and HTML & CSS tutorials on

    Download Visual Studio Community Edition free from:

    We suggest you try developing simple programs using this industry–standard software, you will find tutorials online to get you started.

    For further information contact the Head of Computing:

  • Progression:

    Having a qualification in IT or Computing can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. If you are considering applying to university to study computer science, software engineering, computer systems engineering, games programming, computer animation or any other related subject, then then our computing courses are ideal. However, students have used our courses as a stepping–stone to a range of courses at university.

    Possible career choices include: computer programmer, IT technician, website developer, games developer, app developer, systems analyst, business IT manager to name but a few. In fact, having a BTEC IT or Computing qualification will put you in great stead for a huge range of careers, not just in IT. Valued by universities and employers, it is a great qualification to have.

    Student success

    With a 100% pass-rate for 8 years the department has helped many students achieve excellent grades and progress to university and in employment.

    Emma Challis BSc (Sydney Smith School)

    Emma achieved distinction grades in all 18 of her BTEC National (Extended) Diploma units and was awarded the maximum possible grade for this course. In recognition of her outstanding achievement Emma was presented with a Helena Kennedy Foundation award by Baroness Kennedy in a ceremony at the House of Lords. Emma graduated from university in 2014 with a 1st class honours degree in Computer Science and is now employed as a software engineer.

    Joseph Morris (Hessle High School)

    Joe chose to study at Wyke, “because of the high quality of teaching as well as all of the excellent facilities on offer to students. The BTEC format suited me as it allowed me to improve my practical skills in computing.”
    While studying at Wyke Joe received offers from three Russell Group universities but then successfully gained a place on an advanced apprenticeship (with sponsored degree) at BAE Systems in Brough.

    When I found out I had got the apprenticeship I was over the moon. I originally wanted to go to university but once I got the offer of the apprenticeship I took that instead, doing this means I can earn money, gain practical skills and also get a degree.”

    Laura Haigh (Beverley High School)

    Laura achieved the maximum D* grade for her BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and also studied Psychology and English Language. Laura is now in her 2nd year at university studying Computer Science with Games Development.

    “I chose to take the Subsidiary Diploma as it seemed (and really was!) to be an incredibly interesting and in depth course that covered various topics within computing. The course itself was easy to get to grips with thanks to the teachings of the fantastic, friendly staff at Wyke. It really did encourage me to pursue my love of computer science at university! “

    Our students have an outstanding record of success at university and graduate employment in the computing industry. All of our ex-students who have graduated from university with degrees in Computer Science in recent years have secured graduate employment or progressed to post-graduate study. All of our students who have applied to university in recent years have secured university places, some at Russell Group universities. Some have acquired highly sort after places on sponsored degree higher apprenticeships with one of the world’s leading technology companies. Many have acquired 1st class and Masters degrees, two are currently PhD research students.