Accessibility links

Networking and System Support BTEC 90 Credit and Extended Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

This practical, work-related course provides a broad foundation in computing studies and a firm basis for specialism in computer networking and IT technical support. It will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to prepare you for employment. 

You may leave the course at the end of the first year with 90 credits, however successful completion of the full 2 year course is equivalent to 3 A-levels and which will therefore attract UCAS points to enable you to apply for a place at university.

Course content

The Extended Diploma is made up of 18 units: 8 core units plus 10 specialist units. 

The structure of the programme provides an innovative and creative curriculum, covering core areas such as computer systems, information systems, computer networks, managing networks, communication technologies, IT technical support, IT systems troubleshooting and repair and communications and employability skills. Among the specialist units, you will study two CCNA units which are valuable networking qualifications recognised by employers. 

The course is delivered using a balance between practical and theory. We include e-learning, one-to-one support, Individual Learning Plans, external visits, events and speakers. 

In addition to the Extended Diploma, other courses may be offered which will help develop the learner, widen their knowledge and ensure the learning experience is diverse and exciting. We are one of the very few providers in the county to offer such a comprehensive programme.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) including English, Maths and related subjects (or equivalent).


All units are internally assessed and graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction and all units must be achieved to a minimum of a pass standard in order to gain the full qualification. However, CCNA units are vendor qualifications that will be assessed through an online exam and practical assessment. 

The year is divided into three 12 week semesters and students will be expected to complete at least 3 units each semester.

Financial information

You will need to purchase pens, paper, educational visits, course specific materials and pay for non-educational visits etc. 

Future opportunities

BTEC Extended Diplomas are highly valued by employers and can lead to careers in the IT sector as IT/network technicians. 

The Extended Diploma is also a recognised route into higher education degree courses or HNC/HND courses in Computing. From September 2012 Boston College is offering a range of HNC/HND including Computer science. 

Our students from 10/11 cohort achieved very good results, some with DDD profile. 51% of these students progressed to university to undertake degrees in such subjects as Games development, website development and networking. Other students went on to employment. Some of our students have progressed from a Level 1 programme all the way to a level 3 and then onto university which is a fantastic achievement for those involved.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

Key information