Software Development & Design

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Software Development & Design

Why should I study this course?

This Extended Diploma is a technical course designed to prepare you for exploring a specialist career in Games Design and Development. You will discover how games are designed, developed and marketed through studying a wide range of topics that will teach you about computer programs. You will also have the opportunity to be creative in your approach by undertaking topics in subject areas such as computer animation, website development, e-commerce and digital graphics for interactive media.

What will I study?

The units on this course include:

1          Information Technology Systems

2          Creating Systems to Manage Information

3          Using Social Media In Business

4          Programming

5          Data Modelling

6          Website Development

7          Mobile App Development

8          Computer Games Development

9          IT Project Management

11        Cyber Security & Incident Management

14        IT Service Delivery

17        Digital 2D & 3D Graphics

18        Digital Animation & Effects


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How is the course assessed?

Some continual assessment, some assessed with coursework and some with exams (you must pass every unit to pass the course). The units are graded pass, merit and distinction with an overall accumulated grade awarded after 18 units have been completed.

What will the course prepare me for?

Following this course you could progress onto a career or a degree in Games Design, Web Design, Multi Media Design, Programming, Graphic Design or Computer Science, or consider IT professions such as programming or project management.

Private study

Approximately 12/13 hours per week working on coursework and research.

What materials will I need to provide?

Access to the internet is required as well as basic stationery (pens and paper) and a USB memory stick. You should bring a notebook and pen to all lessons to take notes.

How will I be taught?

Real world scenarios will be used to put you in the world of work. A typical week will involve a mix of taught lessons and workshops to support your studies.

This course is for you if...

You would like a career working with computers and you would like to find out more about how computer games are
designed and developed.

  • Develop your computing skills further
  • Opens entry to a number of further study and career opportunities
  • Gain new communication skills and learn how to apply these in the workplace

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A* - C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects, including a minimum of grade 3 in GCSE English.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you choose a course programme that bests suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • Good at organising your time (3 to 4 units running at once)
  • Problem solving skills
  • Descriptive language (verbal and written)