BTEC Extended Certificate

This is the Digital Age. Computer programmes have all but infiltrated every aspect of our lives.

In this course, you will combine creative thinking with maths and logic to develop a new way of thinking. Computer scientists theorise, design, develop, and apply the software and hardware for the programmes we use day in, day out.

Computer Scientists have excellent career prospects and are among the highest earning graduates.

Course Content

Characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices.
Types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software.
Data types, data structure, data exchange and algorithms.
Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.
What is meant by computational thinking (abstract thinking, thinking ahead, thinking procedurally etc.)
Creating computer games
Cyber security and encryption


Year 1
100% Exam

Year 2
80% Exam
20% Coursework


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs (4-9)
Maths (5)

Need to have taken Computer Science at GCSE level.


Course Outcome

The BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level.