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Professional Computer Science Programme

Course Overview
Course type

L3 Extended Diploma in Computer Science.

Course length

2 year

Required qualifications

You’ll need 4 or more GCSEs (grade 9-4) including the minimum grade 6 in maths and a 4 in English for the Professional Computer Science programme.

The professional programme is a 2 year course with a blend of technical in-class study and career development combined with a 50-day work placement. You’ll need to be able to start at Level 3, commit for the full 2-year period and be prepared for professional development in a real work environment. The entry requirements are 4 or more GCSEs (grade 9-4) including the minimum grade in Maths and English (see below) for the specific professional programmes.


The course will focus on:
  • learning Java, C# and .Net
  • Software Design and Development
  • developing computer Software
On the course you will:
  • use state of the art, industry-standard software
  • work with a university on developing your software
  • learn the art of designing software

Enhanced employability and knowledge in digital software and network programmes.


Method of assessment

Assessment is through a blend of in class study and assignments/exams


What will I be able to progress to?

Most students progress to degree courses in areas such as Games Development, Computer Science, Software Engineering or Computer Programming. The qualification is also excellent preparation for a career in many branches of computing including Multimedia, Software design, Computing or Computer Games industries.

You will achieve a level 3 technical qualification, essential industry skills and work experience that will support your application into university, an apprenticeship or work.

This course will equip you with three programming languages and you will develop skills specific to the Software Engineering industries. You will be equipped to adapt to the frequent changes in the world of Computing, as well as the knowledge of Engineering solutions to real world problems. Students with an interest in Software Development and Programming, will enjoy finding solutions to complex problems.