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IT BTEC Subsidiary or 90 Credit Level 3 Diploma at Doncaster College

Course description

The IT sector, with its array of existing and constantly evolving technologies, presents a stimulating and challenging working environment. The industry offers a wide range of career opportunities, including networking, software development, project management and programming.

Students have the opportunity of completing the BTEC Level 3 - Subsidiary Diploma or 90 credit Diploma in IT.  

Both Diplomas are for 1 year but students can progress to a 2nd year and study either the National Diploma or Extended Diploma. 

Students completing 2 years have the opportunity of progressing to a university degree or Foundation Degree, to BTEC HNC's and HND's, or to employment.

A strong emphasis is placed on skills development. During the course of this one year programme you will undertake a host of activities aimed at developing your skills in a computing environment.


Course content

The course is made up of Mandatory and Specialist Units. Depending on which qualification you follow you will study either 6 or 9 units in total the first year, with the opportunity to convert to 12 or 18 units the following year, this gives UCAS points and is equivalent to 2 or 3 GCE A Levels, dependent on the final grade.

Mandatory Units

Communication and Employability Skills for IT, Computer Systems

Specialist Units (Year 1 only)

e-Commerce*, Systems Analysis and Design*, Database Design, Website Production, Digital Graphics, Spreadsheet Modelling*, Computer Animation.

Units marked with an asterisk are 90 Credit units only.

Entry requirements

Subsidiary Diploma entry requirements

  • 4 GCSE's at grade A* - C including I.T and preferably Maths and English or A full Level 2 Diploma in I.T with Merit or equivalent
  • Potential students will be assessed on an individual basis following the interview, the completion of the set assignment to a deadline, attainment of the relevant qualifications and the College induction process.

90 Credit Diploma entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE's at grade A* to C including Maths and English and a Grade B in I.T
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English, a diagnostic assessment and attend an interview where an assignment will be given out for completion during a workshop session.



‚ÄčAssessment of your work is carried out both internally and externally in the form of internal and external verification, the course is assignment based. You will have regular tutorials designed to feedback the information you will require to progress your computing skills and knowledge.

Future opportunities

‚ÄčThe BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary and 90 Credit Diploma in IT qualifies for UCAS points. If you successfully complete the first year, you can move on to the second year and study for the full Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in I.T and gain enough UCAS points for entry to University in related subjects to ICT.

There may be an opportunity to gain employment within the ICT sector or after further study there are many opportunities to enter the IT sector including technical and software sales, applications programmer, systems analyst, computer trainer, network engineer, computer operator, web developer, technical support worker and graphic designer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 April 2016
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