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Information Technology Extended Diploma - BTEC Level 3 at Crawley College

Course description

You’ll study all aspects of the IT industry in depth, expanding your knowledge in networks and communication technology, digital graphics and gaming platforms. You’ll deepen your skills in industry-standard software and complete creative projects similar to those you’d be assigned in the workplace.

The Level 3 BTEC in IT is a specialist vocational programme, with a strong work related emphasis. It offers practical units combined with an extensive range of teaching and learning methods that enhance the learners’ self confidence. A range of disciplines are taught on the course in order to maximise learners’ skills base and improve employability. The learner will also gain an in-depth understanding of how the IT industry is structured, and learn how they can develop a career in this challenging, exciting, dynamic industry. We aim to give your coursework assignments a professional and realistic context. The course also develops creative use of IT looking at games platforms and graphics use for IT in workplace.

This course offers an opportunity to gain some of the necessary skills required to work in Business and Information Technology. You will use software packages such as Microsoft Office and Photoshop. Learn by doing work based projects where you are required to research, plan and present a ‘live’ project.

On the course you will study subjects such as ‘IT Tech Support’, ‘Game Platforms & Technologies’, ‘Computer Networks’ and ’Digital Graphics for Interactive Media’ to improve your knowledge, employability and professionalism in using ICT.

The course is made up of 9 units. There are two manditory units ‘Computer Systems’ and ‘Communication & Employability Skills’.  Other units are chosen from a range to suit the needs of the learners. These might include:

  • Communication Technology 
  • IT Tech Support         
  • Computer Networks  
  • Object Orientated Design
  • e-commerce
  • Game Platforms & Technologies      
  • Digital Graphics for Interactive Media

Entry requirements

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C, including English and maths. You may also have completed the Level 2 ICT programme.


Units are assessed via coursework and examinations. A range of assessment methods for coursework are used such as presentations, projects and assignments.

Financial information

16-18 year olds will not have to pay tuition fees, awarding body registration or exam fees. However they are required to pay for other third party costs, such as books, equipment and educational trips/visits.

Students aged over 19 on the start date of their studies, have to pay tuition fees. In addition they are expected to pay awarding body registration and exam fees, other third party costs, such as books, equipment and educational trips/visits.

Some students may be eligible for a fee concession, although in most cases some element of the fees will have to be paid.

Please note: Other costs (books, uniforms, trips, materials etc) will be £100.00. You may be entitled to a reduction if you are eligible for financial support. For more information on this and other financial support options please contact Admissions on 01293 442201/205/206 or 453474 (Haywards Heath 01444 446848) or visit the website Why Choose Us section for more information.

24+ Advanced Learning Loans

From August 2013 the funding arrangements for learners who are aged 24 and over and studying level 3 and level 4 courses have changed.

For the first time, 24+ Advanced Learning Loans will give learners in further education access to financial support for tuition costs, similar to that which is available in Higher Education. This means rather than an individual having to pay for their course upfront they have the option of accessing a loan, from the Student Loans Company, that they will only start to repay once they have left the course and are earning over £21,000.

Please follow this link to access all the necessary information about the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

Future opportunities

Upon Successful completion you will progress on to higher education courses such as;

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology
  • Straight into employment.

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: 09 March 2016