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Why choose this college course?
- BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Study computer science and systems and develop a range of digital and ICT skills, as well as high-level skills such as teamwork, presentation and creative thinking
- WORK PLACEMENTS – Gain valuable real-life experience while you study by undertaking two work placements in each year of your course
- RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – Our BTEC Level 3 IT course gives you a recognised work-related qualification to open the door to higher education and professional careers
- MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Want to keep studying at a higher level? This college computer course will give you skills to support your progression to degree level
Topics you will study:
- Principles of Computer Science
- Fundamentals of Computer Systems
- IT Systems Security and Encryption
- Business Applications of Social Media
- Human-computer Interaction
- Digital Graphics and Animation
- Planning and Management of Computing Projects
- Software Design and Development Project
- The Impact of Computing
- Object-oriented Programming
- Relational Database Development
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Systems Methodology
You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.
Maths and English
To help you secure your dream career, you will also continue developing your maths and English skills alongside your full-time course. If you haven’t achieved GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths at age 16, you will continue to study these through resits or taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level
How maths will support your career
- Understanding programming languages
- Designing computer algorithms
- Processing of large quantities of data
- Presenting information
How English will support your career
- Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues and customers.
- Customer service requires good English skills in speaking and written communication.
- Accurate reading is vital for following instructions, reading documents and emails, and understanding the ideas, aspirations and demands of colleagues and competitors.
- Your use of English is important when preparing a CV and a business proposal, and for putting together advertising and marketing plans for your business.
Our computing lecturers are looking for students who are committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the IT industry, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below.
If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email email@example.com or use our live chat.
English and maths
If you do not have a grade 4/C or above in English and you are under 19, you will be required to study this subject alongside your vocational subject. After enrolment you will complete an assessment with our teaching team so we can ensure you receive appropriate English and maths support.
Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.
- 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) including Maths, or equivalent.
- A minimum GCSE English Language of grade 3 (grade D) is required.
Supporting documents required
- School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
- If you are a school leaver (over 19), you will be required to provide a reference from a previous education provider or employer in support of your application.
Guaranteed progression option
Students who achieve 56 UCAS points or more from this qualification will be automatically guaranteed a place on one of our degree courses in the University College Birmingham Business School.
Teaching and assessment
You will be assessed through coursework assignments and projects, some of which will involve industry-related visits and external assessment.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.
Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.
Each year of our BTEC ICT and computing course requires you to undertake two placements, completing ten full working days over two separate one-week blocks.
This specialist, two-year, work-related qualification with 13 units is equivalent to three A-levels and is assessed either internally or externally. There is an opportunity to develop industry standard programming skills in C# and Python, for example, as well as learn about aspects of computing such as networking, web design and cyber-security.
The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.
IT support technician
Average salary: £19,000 – £29,000
IT service engineer
Average Salary: £21,000
Average Salary: £30,000
Average Salary: £31,162
Database administrator (DBA)
Average Salary: £30,000
Project manager, information technology
Average Salary: £41,775
Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Computer Science degree.
We are here to support your career goals every step of the way.