Useful Resources (Unit 1)

Below is a list of useful resources (software) that will support you in your study of the BTEC course.

Visual Studio Community Edition

This is a free, slightly cut-down but perfectly adequate version of Visual Studio that can be used for development. Note you may need to download versions for different languages. You must use a (free) Microsoft account to log in to the program. link

Visual studio does not, by default, support Python. If you want to edit Python code using Visual Studio, you must also download and install the Python extensions: link

IDLE (Python)

IDLE is a free Python development environment. If you do not have, or do not want to use, Visual Studio, use this. It runs the same Python code, but has a very basic interface in comparison to Visual Studio. (i.e. less of a learning curve) link

Unity is a games engine and development environment. It works in conjunction with either its own code editor (built in), or if installed, Visual Studio. link

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The resources located here are suitable for all forms of the Pearson BTEC Computing Science. The only difference is the lack of units as this is aimed at the units performed in the Extended Certificate.

The following units that are mandatory in the Extended Certificate are:

  • Unit 1 – Principles of Computer Science (Exam Based Unit)
  • Unit 2 – Fundamentals of Computer Systems (Exam Based Unit) [ Resources Discontinued. Exam Cancelled due to COVID-19 ]
  • Unit 7 –  IT Systems Security and Encryption (Coursework Based Unit)

There are also a list of optional units that can be taken:

  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Digital Graphics and Animation
  • Computer Games Development
  • Website Development

The Optional Unit that I am taking is ‘Website Development’. This is also a Coursework Based Unit.

The following resources will include guideline information that follows the Pearson’s original specification and the updated 2018 version.

This can be found here:

  • Original Pearson BTEC Computing Science Specification 
  • The Updated 2018 Specification

The main source of information referenced to design these resources come from the following textbooks:

  • Pearson BTEC National Computing Student Book
  • Pearson BTEC National Computing Revision Guide
  • Essential Algorithms by Craig and David

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