Computer Games Development, Programming & Cyber Security - Level 3
Equivalent to three A Levels, this is the latest study of current cyber security, games development, networking and hardware.
This advanced level vocational course involves theoretical and practical study of both computer and IT related topics. Previous students have progressed to universities such as King’s College, the University of Lincoln and the University of Derby to study degree courses in computer gaming, ethical hacking and digital forensics. Forming part of our STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths) provision, it offers the opportunity to achieve internationally recognised qualifications whilst learning in our well-equipped, specialist IT teaching rooms.
We host our own independent network for you to install, test and maintain computer systems. You can explore networking, hardware/software installation and maintenance in our hardware lab.
You will be developing your own game in code, enabling you to see the fundamental basics at the heart of game development. You will also benefit from our extensive VR expertise and explore this whilst utilising the latest equipment.
The course has the most relevant education and training for potential computing employees and those already employed in the industry. Throughout the course you will develop a range of personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in both working life and university study.
Qualification: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing and IT (equivalent to three A levels)
Duration: Two years
You will cover a range of diverse topics throughout your course. Unit titles include:
- Computer animation
- Developing computer games
- Computer systems (hardware)
- IT troubleshooting and repair (hardware)
- Website design
- Software design and development
- Programming languages
Assessment is continuous with projects, written assignments, timed tests and observation of practical work. All written work is submitted electronically through Turnitin. All full-time students will be required to study maths and English at the appropriate level.
Maths and English
All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies, please refer to the Study Programmes page of this website.
- Five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, including maths and English or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 2 Qualification, such as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate / Diploma in Computing and IT (minimum Merit grade)
- Successful interview and initial assessment, including diagnostic tests and a good school reference
- You will need to demonstrate an enthusiasm for this subject area
Progression routes shown are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
- HND in Computing & Systems Development
Employment options may include:
- Network or data engineer
- Web designer
- Games developer
- Forensic computer analyst
- Cyber security engineer
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Please note, the costs given below are subject to change.
Students aged 16 to 18: There are no tuition or examination fees.
Students aged 19 to 23: Who are studying for their first full Level 3 qualification will be not be charged any tuition fees, but will be charged the materials fee only.
Students aged 19 to 23: Who already hold a full Level 3 qualification and all students who are 24 or over will be liable for the full cost of the course, based on the current student loan applicable for the qualification. Please contact our Finance department to be advised of the fee / loan due.
Extra fees for all students:
Additional Course Costs: £170 (per year)
Personal Equipment: You may also be expected to buy your own personal equipment such as stationary and data storage devices.
Telephone: 0800 032 1986