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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology

Throughout this advanced course, you will explore the practice of IT project management and how to provide effective IT technical support and service delivery. You will also gain advanced knowledge of cyber security, event driven programming and website customisation.

As this course is hands-on and practical, you will have the opportunity to work on your own project such as developing a website and creating systems to manage information.

Connecting Classroom to Career ambassador, Nathan, completed this course before securing an impressive apprenticeship with ICC Solutions Ltd as a Software Test Engineer. He then progressed to a level 4 Civil Service Apprenticeship with the Department for Work and Pensions.

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When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

Year 1:

  • Unit 01 - Information Technology Systems
  • Unit 02 - Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Unit 03 - Using Social Media in Business
  • Unit 04 - Programming
  • Unit 05 - Data Modelling
  • Unit 06 - Website Development

Year 2:

  • Unit 09 - IT Project Management
  • Unit 11 - Cyber Security and Incident Management
  • Unit 12 - IT Technical Support & Management
  • Unit 14 - IT Service Delivery
  • Unit 19 - The Internet of Things
  • Unit 20 - Enterprise in IT
  • Unit 21 - Business Process Modelling Tools

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the year based on a range of practical and written work and four externally assessed units.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

If you already have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths but wish to achieve a higher grade, we can also support you to do this.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2021), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will have an exciting opportunity to progress on to university, choosing from a range of degrees such as computing forensics and security, computer gaming development or computer science.

Alternatively, you may decide to gain employment in the industry. With extensive advancements in technology, and with data breaches becoming increasingly more common and sophisticated, professionals working in this industry have never been in higher demand. There are so many opportunities!

Additional Information

Students also have the opportunity to take part in the Microsoft IT Academy. This an accredited centre specialising in certified and bespoke IT training courses recognised by IT professionals and business users as the industry standard in professional certification.

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I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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Why study Computing and IT with us?

Microsoft Office Specialist

Impress future employers and universities by gaining MOS status alongside your course.

Industry Experts

Tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.

Progression Routes

Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.

Valuable Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience in the computing and IT industry to boost your CV. 

Diverse Range of Skills

You'll learn everything from programming and web design to multimedia application production.

Technical Support

You'll have access to the latest software to help you get the most out of your course.