BTEC Level 3 – IT & Computing

BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in IT & Computing

BTEC 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 National Certificate in Information Technology (elective, 1/2 A Level equivalent)
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate in Information Technology (1 A Level equivalent)
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate in Computing (1 A Level equivalent)
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma in Computing (3 A Level equivalent)
  • Who Is This Course For?


    Entry Criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

  • Course Details:

    The 1-year elective Certificate in Information Technology includes the following units:

    • Creating Systems to Manage Information
    • Using Social Media in Business

    The 2-year Extended Certificate in Information Technology includes the following units:

    • Information Technology Systems (exam)
    • Creating Systems to Manage Information
    • Using Social Media in Business
    • Website Development

    Students on our Information Technology course will develop high-level application skills and learn how IT is applied in business. This course is for students who may not be interested in the technical side of computing but want to gain an appreciation of how IT can be applied across a range of subjects.

    The 2-year Extended Certificate in Computing includes the following units:

    • Principles of Computer Science (exam)
    • Fundamentals of Computer Systems (exam)
    • IT Systems Security and Encryption
    • Computer Games Development

    The 2-year Extended Diploma in Computing includes the following units:

    • Principles of Computer Science (exam)
    • Fundamentals of Computer Systems (exam)
    • Planning and Management of Computing Projects
    • Software Design and Development Project
    • IT Systems Security and Encryption
    • Business Applications of Social Media
    • The Impact of Computing
    • Digital Graphics and Animation
    • Computer Games Development
    • Website Development
    • Mobile Apps Development
    • Computer Networking
    • Systems Analysis and Design

    Students on our Computing courses will discover how computers work, how to design and create computer programs and a range of other high-level computing skills. These are technical courses designed for students thinking of studying Computer Science at university.

    Students on all of our courses will also develop project management and independent research skills, time management and personal organisation – skills valued by universities and business.

    Course assessment is a mix of real-world scenario assignments, examinations and timed assessments, designed not only to satisfy the course requirements but also to equip the student with a comprehensive set of skills valued by universities and employers.

    Departmental Enrichment

    The department offers lots of additional help out of lessons and by email. 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. When opportunities arise the department organises visits and activities to enhance learning. The department also has close links with local 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 Computing staff team is:

    • Kevin Penny – Head of Computing
    • Johanna Clemas – Computing Teacher

    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 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! “

    Reece Bilton
    (BTEC Award (SubDip) IT, A-level Maths and Accounting, 1st in Accounting and Financial Management, now working for PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers)

    A great course and worth considering taking alongside A-Levels. The course is 100% coursework, which is good when studying for exams as you have one less subject to revise for – and it has the same recognition as an A-Level. The teachers are friendly and always offer support and help when needed.”

    Rhys Drury
    (BTEC Award (SubDip) IT, A-level English, Biology, 1st in Computer Science, PGCE, now working as a computing teacher)

    The course allowed me to pursue all my favourite IT subjects, such as programming, animation and web design, all in one examination-free course. If you are interested in computing, this is the course for you!”