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IT (Network) BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Highbury College

Course description

This programme is concerned with supporting the business IT infrastructure that is required to run the software systems used to meet business and organisational needs.

  • In terms of the main areas of IT support, it centres on the network infrastructure and client-server system components required to meet business needs.
  • Students focus upon the skills necessary for the design, deployment and support of such infrastructures.

You should choose this programme if you are interested in computer and networking technologies as it provides valuable hands-on skills in a variety of areas including setting up computer networks, configuring switches and routers, all aspects of computer hardware and software including networking and IT support.

Parallel to this specific path, students will study the broader aspects of IT, including essential hardware and software maintenance skills, the nature and characteristics of commonly available operating systems and web development.

Students work on high spec computers using current operating systems, office applications and code using recognised standards. Students will benefit from the opportunity to download and install their own fully licenced copies of Microsoft software, all of which is provided free of charge thanks to our membership of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA).

Course content

You will learn by completing projects and assignments based on workplace situations, using hardware, net and software.

The units studied include:

  • Computer Systems
  • Website Production
  • PC hardware/software
  • Computer Networking (CCNA)
  • Computer Games Platforms
  • Maintaining Computer Systems
  • IT Technical Support, Communication Technology
  • Communication and Employability
  • Network Management and Digital Graphics (all units are subject to change).

Developing the vocational study skills of English, Maths and ICT is crucial to your success on this programme, employers and HE institutions recognise the value of these qualifications and look for evidence on applications and at interviews.

Level 2 functional skills qualifications are recognised by universities as evidence of your competence in these subjects. It is important that you have achieved functional skills qualifications at appropriate levels if you wish to progress to higher level programmes. Your skill levels will be assessed during the first two weeks of your programme and you will be assigned classes/workshops to help you develop these skills at the appropriate levels. Attendance at these classes/workshops is compulsory for students under 19.

There are a number of work experience opportunities available to students.

Alongside this programme you will have the opportunity to enter UK Skills competitions.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at Grade A* to C including English and either Mathematics or a Science or ICT based subject.
  • An Intermediate GNVQ qualification at Merit/Distinction plus a Level 2 Certificate in Numeracy and Literacy;
  • or An Edexcel (BTEC) First Diploma (distinction/merit) in appropriate subjects
  • plus Level 2 Key Skills in Number and Communication and a good report from lecturers.


All assessments are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes.

Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are used to grade your work.

A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this qualification you could progress to complete a second year at Level 3 with the BTEC Extended Diploma alongside an Extended Project qualification, study for a Foundation Degree or Honours Degree at university or go into employment in the industry in a variety of subject areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury College directly.

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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