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Extended Diploma in IT - Level 3 at South Thames College

Course description

This practical, work-related qualification will prepare you for an IT career path or for studying computer science at university level. You'll work with industry-standard hardware and software to design and construct the systems that underpin modern business processes using our specialist labs. Visiting speakers, who are experts in the field, will share their experience and give you up-to-date information on subjects such as web analytics and building an effective security culture. We encourage and support you to enter WorldSkills competitions in web development and networking technologies. Our students often have the chance to work with local communities on website projects. We're a member of the CISCO community which gives us the chance to deliver CISCO units as part of your course. We also have an arrangement with Microsoft DreamSpark so you'll be able to download MS programming and operating systems software for free.

Course content

This challenging course includes:

  • Networking
  • Information systems and e-commerce
  • Computer programming and web development
  • Security and PC maintenance.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs A*-C with English and maths at A*-D; OR a relevant Level 2 diploma at least at merit plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.


You'll be assessed throughout the year through coursework and exams.

Future opportunities

From the 90-credit diploma, move up to the extended diploma. From the extended diploma, you could go on to study computing at university level. Some students choose to specialise in security, networking or software development while others join mainstream computer science courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 December 2015
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