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Technical Baccalaureate in Computing (Advanced) - Level 3


Note: this course was previously known as Computer Games Development

This course has two pathways:

  • IT Technician pathway
  • Software Developer pathway

Whether you plan to study further at university or embark on a higher level apprenticeship programme, this course will give you an excellent basis for a successful career in IT.

In addition to the Level 3 Extended Diploma, the Technical Baccalaureate in IT incorporates additional elements to improve your progression opportunities including the Extended Project Qualification, the Level 3 Core Maths qualification and four weeks of work experience.

This qualification is designed to give you a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the context of applied IT, providing you with excellent progression opportunities.

IT Technician Pathway

On successful completion of the course students will be awarded the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Digital Technician, the Extended Project Qualification and the Level 3 Core Maths qualification.

Software Development Pathway

On successful completion of the course students will be awarded the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Application Data Practitioner, the Extended Project Qualification and the Level 3 Core Maths qualification

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Entry requirements

  • A minimum of five GCSEs with at least grade 5/B, including English, maths and science or equivalent.
  • For those progressing from a Level 2 programme, a relevant Level 2 diploma with a 'distinction' profile and GCSE English and maths with at least 4 points (grade C).

16-18 year old applicants:

You will need to supply a copy of your most up-to-date school/college report or a reference from a teacher/employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021.

19+ year old applicants:

You will need to supply a written reference either from a recent educational institution or employer. Please upload this to your myVISION account by the end of May 2021. If you are not able to gain a reference, please contact for further advice.

You will be given access to all the software and hardware that you will need to complete this course, however we do suggest that you purchase a box file and several plastic document wallets to help you store and present your work. A data stick- although not essential is also recommended.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20212 yr(s)1492A1406FREETBCApply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

2 years.


What does the course lead to?

Higher level apprenticeship or university.

What will I study?

Level 3 Core Maths will develop students' mathematical skills and thinking and supports technical and vocational qualifications.

The Extended Project Qualification is a compulsory part of the Level 3 technical Baccalaureate. The Extended Project will develop and extend from one or more of your study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside your main programme of study.

IT Technician Pathway

  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Develop computer systems
  • Upgrade computer systems
  • Networks
  • Requirements of clients.

Software Development Pathway

  • Application design
  • Develop a prototype
  • Games design
  • Web design.


Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

How do I apply?

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