Diplomas in IT (Software Networks and General Pathways) Level 3

Start Date
Course Course
IT & Computing
City Campus

About this Course

This qualification has been designed for the IT practitioner across themes predominant in the IT industry. Get engaged with this next generation qualification to support the economic growth and computing skills gaps in the Sheffield City Region; providing a crucial service to business and organisations with systems support and computer specialisms, which are rarely short of employment opportunities.

Key Units

The course focuses on developing a deep understanding across a variety of specialist themes, including:

  • Software Development
  • IT and Network Support
  • Website Development
  • Database Modelling
  • Project Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Computer Games Developmnent
  • Systems Analysis

Entry Requirements


4 GCSEs grades A* - C / grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives), to include English Language and Maths no lower than a D/3.

Level 3 Extended Diploma
5 GCSEs grades A* - C / grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives), to include English Language and Maths.

You will also be expected to attend an information session and a taster day at college before you enroll. 


The course involves a combination of externally set and assessed exams, plus coursework and internal assessments.

Methods may include:
  • presentations
  • discussions
  • practical assessment
  • observations
  • research projects
  • possible work-based assessment
You will also be required to study Functional Skills or GCSE English/Maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade C/4. Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade C/4 in both Maths and English so it is important that you obtain these qualifications before progressing. 

Where does this Lead

This course may lead you on to a degree course at university or continued studies elsewhere.

Future Opportunities

Your preferred option may be to find employment (mainly within IT support roles) or undertake a Level 3 Apprenticeship to develop your skills and experience. 

Tell Me More

The college has recently invested in a LEGO Innovation Studio at City campus, where you may be introduced to robotics and have the opportunity to programme simple robots to develop your skills in control systems. This could help build your knowledge of the industry if you are interested in pursuing further education or employment within robotics.

Enrichment Opportunities
As part of your course you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities such as  employer and educational visits, and work placements that are integrated into your study programme. 

Feedback from Previous Students
  • "Demanding but enjoyable"
  • "You need to have a passion for computing!"
  • "Really helped when I got to university"
  • "Staff are very supportive"

Extra Costs

You will be expected to take notes in lessons using your own resources.

Revision guides and revision workbooks will be available at a minimal cost, and we also advise that you purchase a USB memory stick (2GB minimum) to back up your work.

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