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What's Involved

This is the foremost Level 3 vocational qualification in IT for progression to Higher Education or employment and is Year 1 of a 2 Year Course. If only the first year is completed, you will have a standalone qualification equivalent to 1.5 "A" levels.

You will study 9 Units in the first year, 2 of which are compulsory. If you are successful in all 9 units in the first year (and taking other factors into consideration e.g. commitment to the course), then you will be considered for progression to do a further 9 units in the second year.

There are 3 pathways to choose from:

  • IT (with a business bias);
  • Networking;
  • Programming.

The first year is more or less similar to all three pathways, however, there are some carefully chosen Units to reflect the needs for education and training of the IT professional according to your chosen pathway. For example, if you chose the Programming pathway you will be taught 3 specific programming Units in the first year.

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at 4 / C grade or above including English and/or maths, and an IT/Computing related subject.
  • Successful interview.

Internal applicants must have completed and passed Functional Skills maths and English at whichever Level they have been entered.

Where will it take me?

You can move on to study further IT and computer-related programmes and consider higher education at HNC level.

The pathway qualification can lead to (but not guarantee) an entry level post in the IT Industry. This is the first year of a 2 year programme - 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, Entry level technician. These opportunities are not to be missed and 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.

Course Assessment Method

You will be continually assessed throughout the course with the submission of at least two 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. Once on the course, you should aim to have "passed" three units by December.

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

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

Where and When

IT Level 3 OCR Extended Diploma (RQF) - 2 Year Programme

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
J440SDF-19 Full Time 02/09/2019 £8,583 £0 £8,583 £6,250

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

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


  • 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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