Computing, Games and IT

Computing Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This study programme starts in September and can be studied as a one or two-year course depending on your individual needs.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths.
  • Where applicants do not meet the entry requirements, the tutor may use their discretion based on a good personal reference and/or successful interview.

You will achieve

Level 3 Technical Award/Extended Certificate in Computing.

Course overview

As well as providing you with a better understanding of the practical and technical skills needed for a successful career in IT, this course provides opportunities for students to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in an IT and Computing career.

Course content

If you are interested in learning about general computing and IT subjects, the online world, computing and new technologies, this is the course for you.

We will introduce you to the industry, technology systems, mobile app development, hardware and web development and also provide an opportunity for you to engage with software development, coding, networking and information systems and project management.

This course also helps us to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.

Course themes:

  • The online world and technology systems
  • Creating digital animations and graphics
  • Programming/coding
  • Mobile apps development
  • Database development
  • Website development

Two of the units are externally assessed and the rest are assessed using various assignments and continually assessed.

You will require a 8gb USB Flash Drive along with a folder and paper, pens and pencil.

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Computing Level 3 Full-time

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