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Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Information Technology

With this course, you'll be studying theory as well as gaining practical skills, investigating computer systems, understanding website production and management and developing your knowledge of managing networks and programming.

You'll also be able to study games, software and security, meaning you'll be finding out which area you're best at, and which interests you the most, so you know what you want to specialise in, in the future.

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:

  • Computer systems
  • Communication and employability
  • Website production and management
  • Event driven programming
  • Managing computer networks
  • Developing computer games
  • Installing and upgrading software
  • System security
  • Website customisation

How is it assessed?

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

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

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

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), 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 click here.

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

When you've successfully finished this course there's so much you can do. We offer a degree in applied computing at University Centre St Helens which you can move straight onto.

Alternatively, you might decide to look for your first job in the computing industry. 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.

Ref: John Robinson



Why study Computing and IT with us?

Microsoft Office Specialist

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


Tutors are passionate about the subjects they teach with years of experience.

Progression Routes

Progress onto university, an apprenticeship or into 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.