Computing, Games and IT

Computing: Software Development Level 3 Full-Time

In Brief

Start Date /

The course runs for two years beginning in September.

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

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Software Development)


Course overview

Use your coding and programming skills to lead the way in designing the future of software development projects. There is a requirement for professional software developers that can work across a range of mediums such as smart computing, gaming, mobile devices and cross-functional applications or software and programming languages.  This course aims to help you study the fundamental principles of software development whilst learning to tackle professional and practical issues. You will learn coding and software development processes and principles, understand requirements and specification analysis and explore a variety of software development life cycles. This course also helps to prepare you for a variety of careers in the field of software development as well as progress to apprenticeships or Higher Education.

The BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma are structured into specialist pathways so that learners choose a route that relates to a career direction. This  pathway, software development –  includes an additional mandatory unit on software design and development

Course content

Course themes:
• Principles and fundamentals of computer science and systems
• Planning and management of computing projects
• IT systems security and encryption
• Object orientated programming
• Website development
• Mobile apps development
• Relational database development
• Managing and supporting systems

You can view more information regarding the course by visiting the awaring body via the link below;

Course Specifications


The course offers a combination of assessment styles that include assignments set and marked by teachers which may include written work, observed practical tasks and projects.

External assessment includes written exams marked by the awarding body. The range of assessments means that you can demonstrate your achievement when supporting HE applications or to a potential employer.

You will need your own:

  • USB memory stick and Headphones
  • Not essential but you can bring and use your Android/Windows tablet or IPad
  • Having access to a computer at home would be useful, however access to computers is available outside lessons in our learning curve

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

Having a BTEC Level 3 Qualification in IT can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. This course is ideal if you wish to progress onto HE within an IT related area such as Digital Technology, Creative Technology and Business Information Systems.

Future careers may include:

  • Digital Technician
  • Application Data Technician
  • Software Developer/Tester
  • Applications Developer
  • Security Professional
  • IT Project Management
  • Big Data Analyst




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

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



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: Software Development Level 3 Full-Time

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