BTEC L3 Software, Cyber Security & Network Engineering

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Level up your coding skills with this ability-boosting foundation diploma in computer science. From C# to PHP, you’ll learn how to programme languages for a range of computer systems.

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Course Information

Prepare for a career in computing and learn how to design and develop software for a range of computer platforms. You’ll study programming languages such as C#, CSS, PHP and JavaScript, using software and equipment in industry-standard facilities. You will gain an understanding of computer system fundamentals, principles and human-computer interaction; and will also study IT security and encryption for different environments and purposes. This is a great way to learn the key skills for web development and computer-related professions.


Who is this course for?

If you're in years 11 or 12 and are looking to take the next steps towards your career, these courses are for you. Our vast selection of vocational courses span a range of subjects and combine academic study with practical skills. Study in industry-standard facilities and use our industry links to prepare for progression.

Units / Modules

  • Unit 1 - Principles of Computer Science
  • Unit 2 - Fundamentals of Computer Science
  • Unit 7 - IT Encryption Systems Security and Encryption
  • Unit 8 - Business Application of Social Media
  • Unit 14 - Computer Games Development
  • Unit 17 - Mobile Apps Development

Benefits / Skills

  • Design and develop software.
  • Gain an understanding of IT systems security and encryption.
  • Acquire knowledge of human computer interaction.
  • Understand the fundamentals of computer systems.
  • Entry Requirements

    Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths.

    Career Progression

    Progression may include a higher apprenticeship, a top-up course to increase UCAS points for our degree-level courses, or relevant employment.

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    Course Details


    1 year

    Study Type

    Full time

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    Course Fee (16-18)

    No fee

    Course Facts

    Extra Curriculum

    You will study in state-of-the-art digital facilities where you’ll be equipped with the knowledge needed to thrive in this growing industry.


    There are 22,526 jobs in the IT sector in Leeds; this means the IT sector in Leeds has 6% more employees than the national average. (EMSI, 2019).

    Trips and Opportunities

    Roles after our digital and IT courses can include web developer, software developer, network engineer, computer systems analyst and cybersecurity analyst.

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    Leeds City College
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