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What's Involved

If you have ambitions to work in the IT industry, then this is the foremost Level 3 vocational qualification in IT for progression to Higher Education or employment. The full title of the course is Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT. It is a 2-year long programme of study - this is the second year of the course.

There are two other "specialist" pathways to choose from:

  • Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Networking & Systems Support);
  • Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Software Development).

You will study 9 units in the 1st year (known as a separate qualification: the Subsidiary Diploma). If you are successful in all 9 units in the first year, then you will progress and do a further 9 units in the second year. These are carefully chosen to reflect the needs for education and training of the IT professional according to the pathway you have chosen, i.e. IT Networking or Programming.

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (overall Merit Grade). And:
  • GCSE Grade 4 / C or above (preferably including English and maths, and an IT/Computing related subject).
  • Successful interview.

Where will it take me?

Having completed this qualification, you may chose to go on to higher education, via an HNC/D in Computing or a BSc degree qualification.

The pathway qualification can lead to (but not guarantee) an entry level post in the IT Industry. Throughout your two years on the course we actively encourage links with employers. Intermittently other employers inform us of any part-time or full-time vacancies in specific areas e.g. Help desk, Networking, or a week's work placement at BT, to our 1st and 2nd year BTEC IT students. These opportunities are not to be missed. If you are a motivated student you will be noticed and your name put forward.

We also have a very pro-active Careers Advice service: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a "dynamic" notice board where job opportunities are advertised throughout the year.

This pathway provides an ideal start towards a career in IT Management and well-paid roles such as Systems Analyst, Database Administrator, Entry Level Technician or 1st line Helpdesk Support.

Course Assessment Method

You will be continually assessed throughout the course with the submission of at least 2 assignments per unit. Deadlines must be strictly adhered to.

All students starting a course at the college are assessed for competency in maths and English, using the Skillsbuilder suite of programmes. Once on the course, you should aim to have passed 3 units by December. You will also be assessed by being given a "free-writing" task where you will choose a topic from a limited list to write about for 20 minutes.

Irrespective of the "pathway" you choose, there are two units which are mandatory to pass. These deliver the foundations for the industry-wide recognised "soft" and "hard" skills needed by the ICT practitioner:

  • Unit 1: Communication and employability skills for IT;
  • Unit 2: Computer systems.


Where and When

IT Level 3 OCR Extended Diploma (Qcf)

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
J440EDF-19 Full Time 02/09/2019 £4,344 £0 £4,344 N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year, they are estimated at this stage and will be confirmed at enrolment.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801

Notes

  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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