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ICT Level 3 Applied Diploma - Extended Certficate at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in ICT takes an in-depth look at the ICT that is all around us.  ICT is at the heart of everyday life, at work, at home and in our leisure time.  From computer graphics and control systems to communications and problem solving, IT has an ever increasing role to play.

The course is an ideal foundation for students entering the workplace as well as supporting students who are aiming for university places. You will develop a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace, providing useful experience if you have an interest in an IT-relared career.

Year 1

All workplaces use ICT and store data. You will learn about the types of data stored and how you can use data to, for example, make predictions or gain an edge over competitors. Communication skills are key in the workplace, and you will develop your interpersonal skills as well as your software skills. Most businesses use the Internet, and you will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet and its effect on society.

Year 2

We have chosen three units which give a broad base of IT skills. These range from computer maintenance to designing the future planet. We will look at animation used education, business and entertainment. You will produce your own animation based on a given design brief.

This course is equivalent to one A level.

Course content

Year 1

1. Communication and employability skills for IT

This unit allows you to understand what an employer expects of an individual and how to communicate effectively while developing your own personal needs.

2. Information Systems

This unit will give you a greater understanding of how organisations use information internally and externally. The skills gained from the unit will give you the knowledge of the functionality of information and the differences and similarities of IT information systems.

3. E Commerce

The aim of the unit is for you to understand the principles of an ecommerce system. You will learn about the impact of e-commerce on an organisation, and how e-commerce affects society.

Year 2

For Year 2 we have chosen units which develop creative and technical skills in IT. As technology is dynamic, these units may change in line with current demands of the IT industry.

4. Maintaining Computer Systems

This unit will give the learners an understanding of the role of an IT services practitioner. Learners will identify that in their role the IT services practitioner has to be able to make good judgements based on the advantages and disadvantages of any planned changes to a company system. It will also include upgrades to hardware and software of a computer system.

5. Animation

This unit will allow you to learn about the different types of animation designed and created in industry for different media. You will learn about the possible uses of animation, for example gaming, on the web and for mobile phone applications. You will gain the knowledge and skills to use software to design and create different types of animation.

6. Understanding Social Media for Business

Social media is a concept with which many people will be familiar, but there is a lack of full understanding as to the implications of what it means and the scope of it. You will identify which business functions may use social media to promote their products, services etc. You will identify how the business could grow and the success criteria that the organisation could use as a measure. You will research well-known and larger organisations and their social media activity, focus and scope. You will then discuss what impact you feel this has had on the identified business and where this activity could be grown.


You will be assessed by means of internally-assessed assignments.

Entry requirements

At least five Grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE ICT if taken.


A Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in ICT (6-credit qualification), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students with a distinction grade in IT (6-credit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 Diploma in ICT can lead on to a range of university courses and careers including games design, database administration, financial and economic modelling, computer–aided design and general management and administration.

Students who completed their course in 2017 are studying, for example, Games Art and Design at Norwich University of the Arts, Business Computing and ICT at Aston University, Property Finance and Investment at Nottingham Trent, Business Management and Accounting and Finance at Nottingham Trent and Information Technology with Business Studies at Sheffield Hallam.

Further information


Come to our Open Evening on 18th and 19th October 5-9pm.

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: 06 October 2017
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