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Computing Extended Diploma, Level 3 (A0398)

Paston College

Grammar School Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9JL

Vocationally-related Qualification (VRQ)
Level 3
Information and Communication Technology

Available start dates

Available start dates

Friday, 01 September 2023
Paston College
2 Year(s)
Full time
Daytime/working hours

Application Instructions

3 A Level Programme

Minimum of 66444 at GCSE (Please note : grade 4 may be replaced by an 'old C' grade and grade 6 by 'old' B grade)

Vocational subjects cannot replace GCSEs for entry on to an A Level programme.

You must also study English/Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 in these subjects.

4 A level programme

If you achieve a minimum of 3 GCSE's at grade 8 (A*) plus 5 at grade 7 (A) and your English Language and Maths are at minimum grade 4, you will have the option to join the A Plus programme.

Please note that A Plus is designed for applicants to academic courses at Oxford, Cambridge or other Russel Group universities. Grades in vocational subjects cannot replace GCSE's for entry to this programme.

Vocational programmes

Minimum of five grade 4 at GCSE (or old grade C) or Merit/Distinction in a relevant BTEC First Diploma (or equivalent) plus 1 grade 4 (or old grade 4) at GCSE. You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 in these subjects.

Level 2 programme

Minimum of three grade 4 at GCSE (or old Grade C).

This programme is designed for those students who just miss our entry requirements for level 3 study. It includes an opportunity to improve your GCSE English Language and Maths grades, alongside a Workskills course to develop the skills required for progression into employment or onto a level 3 programme.

Course Summary

This course will investigate how computers work. You will find out what hardware and software work well together and set up a safe safe system. You will also undertake skills in IT security, where you will discover how to create an IT system which is resistant to hackers and viruses. You will also create a website, write a computer game, and so much more. The Foundation Diploma leads to the Extended Diploma to make a two year program.

Course Details

Over the two years you will study 13 units from:

Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science
Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems
Unit 3: Planning and Management of Computing Projects
Unit 4 Software Design and Development Project
Unit 7: Systems Security and Encryption
Unit 8: Business Applications of Social Media
Unit 9: The Impact of Computing
Unit 10: Human–Computer Interaction
Unit 14: Computer Games Development
Unit 15: Website Development
Unit 17: Mobile Apps Development
Unit 19: Computer Networking


This is a full time course that is equivalent to three A Levels and is ideal for those who want to focus on studying computer science with a view to pursuing a career in the industry.

How will it be delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed through exam style assessments and assignments including a written report.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 4/C grades at GCSE, one of which must be GCSE Maths at Grade 4 or the completion of a Level 2 Diploma to Merit/Distinction grade with GCSE Maths at Grade 4/C.

Your next steps...


Degree level courses as well as employment in the industry. This course will provide you with a broad base of knowledge of the computing sector which will allow you to progress.
Academic Progression:

On completion of the two year program you can progress to higher education on a full degree course, for example:
BSc (Hons) in Games Programming
BSc (Hons) in Creative Technologies
BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing (Gaming).

Career Progression

This qualification enables you to develop the knowledge and skills needed for computing roles, including:

Web Development and IT Support apprenticeships
Trainee Games Programmer
Assistant Online Marketing Designer
Digital Media Trainee
Assistant Producer (Games).

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