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Information Technology BTEC Diploma-Extended Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

Do you love all things IT? This course gives you the chance to gain a valuable IT qualification that will prepare you well for both further study or the world of work.

You will be taught mostly in computing rooms, equipped with modern networked PCs. Each student will have the use of their own PC. For the theory parts of the course, you may occasionally be taught in a standard classroom.

Course content

The qualification covers a wide range of IT-related subjects from how a computer works to creating content managed websites. You will study the following core topics in the first year of the programme including: 

  • Communications & Employability Skills - you will learn how to convey both technical and non technical information in a consumable format appropriate for the audience.
  • Computer Systems - this module will cover the four stage model and will also give an introduction to the hardware components found inside a computer system
  • Client Side Web Development - at the end of this unit the learner will be able to complete a industry standard web site using HTML, CSS and Javascript
  • Procedural Programming - learners will be introduced to essential programming skills, and is a pre requisite to further programming study
  • Web Server Scripting - at the end of this unit learners will produce an industry standard content managed website using PHP
  • Game Design - learners have the opportunity to explore the creative processes required in developing a game idea

The second year of the programme builds on the knowledge base you build in the first year, among the exciting possibilities is the chance to study Games Hardware and Design.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include Maths and English, or a Merit in the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT or equivalent will also be considered. Just as important as your formal qualifications is your enthusiasm for IT. You must be willing to develop a good all round knowledge of IT and be able to prepare accurate reports on your research and work.


100% coursework assessment, the programme employs a variety of assessment techniques including word processed reports, role play, work experience placement, discussions, interviews or presentations.

All learners are given the opportunity to raise their aspirations and improve their grade profiles by revisiting assignment tasks during the integrated upgrade weeks.

Future opportunities

Many students decide to progress to a Foundation Degree in Computing at Petroc or progress onto degree courses at many of the country's leading universities.

Further information

Q. Do I need a computer at home for this course?
A. No, although a home computer would be an advantage (as it would for any programme of study). It is not necessary to purchase a computer for this course. Petroc has a large number of computers available for learners to access at flexible times.
Q. Do I need any other equipment?
A. A memory stick would be useful to enable you to transport your work electronically to and from home.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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