IT and Computing

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma & Extended Diploma

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)

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.

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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.

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 www.codecademy.com.

Download Visual Studio Community Edition free from:

https://www.visualstudio.com/products/visual-studio-community-vs

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: kevin.penny@wyke.ac.uk

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universities and employers.

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.

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