Pearson BTEC Level 3 ND in Computing // Adult Courses

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Course Aim

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computing is aimed at providing students with the knowledge and skills to follow a computing degree or follow a career path in computing.

The course consists of 8 units. Each unit consists of 60, 90, or 120 hours of guided learning.

Guided learning hours may be provided as lectures, seminars or tutorials.


Students will study content in relation to the following subject areas:

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • Planning and Management of Computer Projects
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Business Applications of Social Media
  • The Impact of Computing
  • Relational Database Development
  • Computer Networking
Please note that some lessons may be delivered online. 

Course Composition

✔ 36 teaching weeks spread over a year
✔ 720 guided learning hours 
✔ 230 hours recommended personal study
✔ Total expected learning hours: 950

Minimum English level for entry
IELTS 4.5 or equivalent
Minimum Qualification level for entry
RQF level 2 or equivalent

Course Information

Minimum Level Requirements​

English Language Requirement: IELTS 4.5 or equivalent with no less than 4.5 in any skill.
Qualification: Foundation RQF level 2 or equivalent (A-Levels / high school Diploma).
Minimum age: 17 years +


Assessment may take the form of individual and team based projects and presentations / seminars, tests, personal learning journals, exams, continuous assessment, portfolios, mind maps and organising events, which are all based on the college fair assessment policy

Certificate and Credits

Upon successful completion of the course you will be presented with a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computing.

Course Start Dates

Students can join the course in September and January.
Applications for other start dates may be considered on a case-by-case basis after assessing the individual’s prior learning.

General Level / Experience of Staff

Staff are qualified to at least one level above to the level they are teaching and hold a relevant teaching qualification.
Staff come from a range of backgrounds, including academic and industry specialisms. From time to time we may invite guest lecturers or subject specific specialists to take lectures / seminars.

Staff teaching English modules hold a Cambridge CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL qualification.

Fees and Other Related Costs

Tuition fees for new students: £14,644 (this includes a £100 non-refundable enrolment fee).
Tuition fees for existing or continuing students: £14,544 per annum.
BTEC Registration fee: £202 (payable only once).
Total fees: £14,846
Books: A range of books are recommended to supplement teaching and are purchased at the discretion of the student. All recommended texts are available in the College library for reference purposes.


Upon successful completion and achievment of the required language level, students can progress to the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing or a electrical and electronic engineer pathway. Please see individual specifications for more information on each course.

Programme Specification

Please download the programme specification for more information.

ETC’s University Counsellor Services

When you study at ETC you will be assigned to our University Counsellor. They will help you to:

Find the university of your choice

Write your personal statement

Get letters of recommendation

Complete your university application

Find out about your extra curricular activities

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