Computing (Information Technology) Level 3

This challenging programme will introduce you to a range of areas needed in a career as an IT professional. This Level 3 Computing (Information Technology)Diploma programme allows you to learn through a variety of methods including assignments and practical activities that are based on workplace situations. You will develop your existing skills in order to prepare you for an exciting career within the IT and Computing industries. Delivery is through practical work, classroom activities and group teaching.

What will I learn?

This course will help you develop the skills you need in order to understand the variety and complexity of the IT industry. Delivery is through practical work, classroom activities and group teaching. Each unit is individually assessed through coursework. There are 2 external examinations per year.

In addition to your main study programme you will also engage in GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, Maths and employability skills.

You will study the Extended Certificate in year one and the Diploma in year two.

Course Content

Computing BTEC Extended Certificate/ Diploma Level 3 modules may include:

Year 1

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating systems to manage information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Website Development

Year 2

  • Cyber Security and Incident Management
  • Programming
  • IT Project Management
  • Computer Games Development


Entry Requirements

Normally 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C/9-4), including English and Maths, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and an interview.

Career Opportunities

Students may go into careers in many IT related disciplines in a wide variety of businesses. Areas of employment may include business systems and IT project management, system administration, networking, IT user support, software engineering and web development.

Course Progression

Successful completion of the Diploma may enable entry onto the BSc (Hons) or Foundation Degree in IT Systems at Colchester Institute, or application to other degree programmes.

Computing (Information Technology) Level 3
LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo Years
Year 1: Extended Certificate
Year 2: Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2019
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+ Learners Year 1: £2,583
19+ Learners Year 2: £2,711


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