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Software & Systems Development -BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computer Science


The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computer Science Software and Systems Development is equivalent in size to two A Level qualifications and is aimed at learners who are looking to progress to employment in this sector, either directly or following further training including an Apprenticeship or higher education. It is intended as a Tech Level, and as such is designed to meet the Tech Bacc measure when studied alongside Level 3 mathematics and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).


This qualification is designed to support learners who want a strong core study of computer science to enable progression to roles in the computing industry or higher education with a focus on the computing sector.

Modules of study include:

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Planning and Management of Computing Projects
  • Building Computer Systems
  • IT Systems Security
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Website Development
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Relational Database Development
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Software Development
  • Web Application Development
  • Programmable Devices and Controllers
  • Computer Forensics

Course Leader profile

Nigel Greenwood

I have been teaching IT courses at the College for more than fifteen years and have considerable experience of delivering both full time courses - at levels 2, 3 and 4 - and bespoke training for local businesses and organisations. The latter includes organising and delivering a major three year project to upskill all of the Calderdale Council Libraries Services staff in IT to support the introduction of computers to public libraries as part of a National Lottery funded scheme. Almost 120 full and part-time staff, many complete beginners to computers, obtained a level 2 ECDL qualification through this project. On a smaller scale I have designed and delivered specialised half day sessions for local SMEs funded by a range of Government initiatives. In 2003 I was one of the first people in the country to achieve the industry standard Dreamweaver Developer qualification. This is a very fast moving field and I have continued to upskill myself through a mixture of practical experience and formal training courses. I recently obtained a BTEC level 4 qualification in e-Learning which has helped me develop innovative resources to support learning using the College virtual learning environment. This VLE is hugely supportive for those Learners who cannot manage full attendance on a course due to work, family or other commitments. I see e-Learning as an exciting and valuable development that will enable everyone to truly participate in life-long learning.

Entry Requirements

An advanced course suitable for those with at least 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 9 - 4 including Maths & English

Interview Process

Invitation to a taster event with specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

What makes the course special?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure relevance to current industry practice in computing occupational disciplines. In addition, academics have been consulted on the content development to ensure the qualification supports progression to higher education. All learners taking this qualification will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course. This could be, for example, through work experience or through being assessed by industry practitioners for relevant units.

How is the course assessed?


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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week:
  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Start Time: 9.00am
  • End Time: 4.30pm
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Creative, Digital and Enterprise
  • Department Manager: Robin Smith


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computer Science (Software and Systems Development)
  • Awarding Body: Pearson

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