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IT Level 3 Diploma
Qualification:
 
Date:
September 
Days:
TBA 
Study Mode
Full Time 
Assessment:
Practical Assessment 
Level:
Area:
Information Technology & Computing 
Course Code:
CFDIT1 
 
Entry Requirements

Extended Diploma: 5 GCSEs at A*- C or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language and Maths.
Diploma: 4 GCSEs at A*- C or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language with Maths no lower than a D grade.

 
 

IT Level 3 Diploma

This qualification has been designed to help students learn the skills needed to tackle problems facing the IT industry today. Ranging from trouble shooting and repair to software design and development, this is a great course for anyone wishing to go on to study IT at university or possible employment within IT support.


About the Course

All students will initially work towards a 6 unit BTEC Subsidiary diploma that will be achieved in the first year. Extra units will be offered to allow you to study the BTEC Extended Diploma 18 Units. Your progress will be monitored frequently against set targets and if the demand of the course is too high you may be advised to drop units to concentrate on achieving the BTEC Diploma 12 Unit qualification.


The qualification has been designed for the IT practitioner across themes prevalent in the IT industry. A Networking and IT support theme will develop your skills on how to set up, use, customise and maintain a computer systems. You will learn about the hardware and software components that make up a computer system, examining how computers work through a range of practical activities and knowledge based lessons. This will lead to the concepts of networking, developing skills, to administrate and manage a small network using Microsoft products.


As part of a Software Development theme you will learn how to develop applications for end users and through the introduction of the concepts of coding write complex programs for specific user requirements. This will extend your knowledge to develop your skills in graphic design and web site creation using CSS and Java and a possible opportunity to develop your skills in games design.


As an IT practitioner, you will need to become skilled exploiters and users of information to ensure that organisations become more efficient and succeed in achieving their aims and objectives.


Key Units

On this course you will learn specialised skills in preparation for the computing industry, computer hardware/software maintenance, diagnostics and networking, the skills required for a Support Technician.

IT Support Units:
• Computer systems
• Planning and installation of software
• Troubleshooting and repair
• IT support
• Computer networks
• Managing networks

Develop business applications for end users using databases and spread sheets as well as writing computer programmes. Develop skills in graphic design and web site creation using HTML 5 and CSS, the skills required as a Software Developer.


Software Development Units:
• Software design and development
• Event driven programming
• Application design and modelling
• Games development
• Website production
• Client side customisation of web pages




Entry Requirements

Extended Diploma: 5 GCSEs at A*- C or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language and Maths.
Diploma: 4 GCSEs at A*- C or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language with Maths no lower than a D grade.


Assessment

The course involves a combination of coursework and internal assessment methods including presentations and discussions, practical assessment, observations, various research projects and possible work-based assessment


You will be required to study functional skills or GCSE English or Maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade C.  (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade C in both Maths and English).



Where does this Lead

This course may lead you onto a degree course at university or continued studies. Alternatively your preferred option may be to find employment, mainly within IT support roles, or instead a level 3 Apprenticeship.



Future Opportunities



Tell Me More

What students say about this course.


“Demanding but enjoyable”
“You need to have a passion for computing”
“Really helped when I got to university”
“Need to be 100% focused to enable you to achieve good grades”



Extra Costs

You will be expected to take lesson notes and provide your own note taking resources. Revision guides and revision workbooks will be available at a minimal cost.  You should also provide a USB memory stick as a back-up device.