This course provides you with an opportunity to take a totally fresh look at this exciting subject that permeates so much of the world in which we live.
The units covered will provide in depth study in a wide range of areas, from creating IT systems to using social media within business.
The diversity of the course makes it extremely popular whatever your other subject choices are. It can be studied alongside other Level 3 courses including Computer Science or Computer Games Development & Cyber Security.
The Extended Certificate is a two year vocational course and is equivalent to one A Level.
You will study four units over two years. These include a mixture of technical and business influenced units.
Internal assessment involves both written and practical skills. The external assessment involves one written exam and a computer based task under supervised conditions.
Industry standard software is used throughout, including MS Office, Access and Excel.
You will develop a variety of skills including:
An optional trip to EGX, the UK's biggest games event, provides opportunities to play new games, hear from leading developers and get careers advice from the games industry.
There are visits to university Computer Science departments during the course.
Past trips have included the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park and the Science Museum in London.
This course offers progression onto a wide range of degree courses, apprenticeships and careers, including network technician, programmer, web developer, systems analyst, digital media, information systems, network support, business, accountancy, teaching, advertising, and TV and film production.