Course Type BTEC Extended Diploma Full/Part Time Full
Subject Computing Start Date Sept 2018
Level 3 Award Body Pearson’s


Course Introduction:

2 Year Vocational BTEC Extended Diploma Course in Computing.



Grace Academy offers students the opportunity to study BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing. This is a two-year course after which pupils will gain the equivalent of 3 A level qualifications, suitable for pursuing a career in computing or the study of computing or IT through higher education which doesn’t require taking any additional A levels alongside.


Course Suitable for:

Students who wish to develop a specialism to study computing at a higher level or train with in the sector. You will be required to study through a variety of mediums including independent study and placements.


Preferable Entry Requirements

At least 2 5 GCSE’s Grade 4 and above.

At least Grade 5 at English or Maths.

At least a Grade 6 in Maths


Why Study?

Computing is a new addition to the BTEC qualifications at Grace Academy. It will allow students to focus on a chosen pathway of computing and develop a variety of skills and knowledge for higher education or a career in this field. This course is based upon work related scenarios and links well to further education or career choices. Computer at KS5 opens up the opportunities to expand your learning from GCSE and develop your skills further.


Progression Opportunities:

The Extended Diploma in Computer Science can lead to further study at many universities in the country. Careers which involve computing skills include; web design, mobile apps, computer graphics, computer video editing, networks, IT support, to name a few.


Why Grace Academy?

Results at Post 16 are consistently good each year. Teacher specialist knowledge is effectively shared with students to support their learning and progress, allowing all students to access in depth content.



Mandatory Units:

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • Planning and Management of Computer Projects
  • System Design and Development Project
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Business Applications of Social Media
  • The Impact of Computing


Optional Units: 6 will be chosen from the list below

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Digital Graphics and Animation
  • Digital Video
  • Website Development
  • Relational Database Development
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Computer Networks
  • Mobile Apps development
  • Virtualisation


Assessment Methods:

The Extended Diploma will be assessed through assignments, Pearson tasks and written exams. The assignments will be set and marked by Grace Academy staff, these involve a series of tasks set in a work related scenario over a period of time. The tasks set by Pearson will require students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in real life scenarios that they are likely to encounter in the work place. The written exams are set and marked by Pearson on Unit 1 to 4, these are 2 hours, 1hr 30 minutes exams and 5 hours (3/2 split) and 6 hours controlled assessment, respectively. Each unit contributes points proportionally to the overall grade.


Support Provided:

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to our students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and where achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful.

You will need to monitor your own progress, we want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve.


We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being present in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.


Course Application:

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject to suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.