Software, Cyber Security & Network Engineering

BTEC , Level 3
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“The decision that made me pick between here and other places was when I came to the open day everyone was just really friendly and open, and it just felt like a really welcoming environment to be in.”


“I decided to study at Leeds City College because I liked the equipment and the rooms that they had, and I liked how it was a whole new space – it had only recently been built so everything was brand spanking new and it looked really clean and really nice.”


I think I’ve really enjoyed the fact that I’ve had to make new friendships, especially because I didn’t know anyone coming in – but after the first few weeks I think I’ve adapted to it really well.


Did you know!

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

Course Information


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.

More about STEM


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.

Course 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 and 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.

    Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

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

    Course details

    Duration: 1 year
    Start Date: 16/09/2024
    Fees (16-18): No fee
    Study Type: Full time
    Course Code: 71482-01
    Fees (Adult): £3,345

    Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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