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IT Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a two year full time course

About the course

This course has been designed to help you make those later employment decisions by focussing on course themes that will develop your practical and theoretical skills for Business, Software Development, Networking and ICT Systems Support.

On this course you will learn how to set up, use, customise and maintain a computer system or systems. You will need to understand the components that make up a computer system examining how computers work through a range of practical activities and knowledge based lessons. You will learn how to develop business applications for end users using databases and spread sheets as well as writing computer programmes. You will learn how networks operate and through the use of Microsoft products set up and manage them. Students will also develop skills in graphic design and web site creation.

IT practitioners will need to become skilled manipulators and users of information to ensure that organisations become more efficient and succeed in achieving their aims and objectives.

As part of the course you will plan and implement an IT project. The constantly changing IT environment requires IT practitioners to be routinely involved in projects that involve the introduction of new systems or redevelopment of old systems. The project will help you develop skills that will be useful in the work place.

As part of enrichment you will develop skills in control systems and robotics. This will give you the opportunity to programme and develop your skills in a range of computer controlled systems. This could help build your knowledge if you are looking at further education in robotics or metatronics.

In addition to the content above, specialist modules are used to extend and further develop technical understanding and application. Approximately 10% is externally tested 30% of the course is theory and contextual work and 60% is practical. 

You will be required to study functional skills or GCSE English or maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade 4.  (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade 4 in both maths and English).

The Computing Technology department has good facilities and has a specialist networking lab as well as traditional computing sites. There is no expectation that students will have access to a computer at home, although it does help. You are expected to work independently on assignment work away from the college.

As part of your course you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities.

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and wants to develop the technical skills that are required in the IT industry.

Qualification Title

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Information Technology
This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 2 A levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology
This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 3 A levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.

What students say about this course.

“very demanding but enjoyable”

“Really helped when I got to university made my first year easy as revision”

“Need to be 100% focused to enable you to achieve good grades.”


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths.


The course is assessed by coursework and some exams you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.


Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

The next step could be onto a university course, degree or Foundation Degree as successful completion of this course carries UCAS points for entry into university.

You can progress straight into employment. If you are successful you could work in sectors such as the growing computer games industry, product development, technical support, technical sales, telecommunications and hardware engineering. Jobs could include systems analyst, network manager, and IT technical sales specialist.

Further information

How to apply

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school. Other applicants can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 January 2018
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    • Welcome to City Campus


      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.