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IT: General - Level 3 (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

Have you ever wanted to be a software developer, perhaps a website designer or network engineer? If so, then this is the course for you.

This programme provides a foundation in all aspects of programming, with a strong bias towards practical study, mirroring industry practice. The computer science industry adapts to current needs at an extremely fast pace. Our programmes reflect this and are changed to mirror the skill set required.

18 modules are studied across the two years, studying a broad range of subjects. You will learn how to program applications and games using C, C++ and Visual You will produce professional websites and databases, create and manage computer networks, learn graphics techniques, identify and resolve business/client problems, manage projects and cover many more related topics in the ever developing world of IT and computing technology.

Successful completion will enable you to progress to further study programmes or employment.

Course content

The Extended Diploma in IT (General) comprises of 18 modules studied over two years.

You will study the following subjects (may be subject to change):

Year 1

  • Communication & Employability Skills for IT
  • Computer Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Managing Networks
  • Organisational Systems Security
  • Maintaining Computer Systems
  • Installing & Upgrading Software
  • Digital Graphics

Year 2

  • Object-orientated Programming
  • Multimedia Design
  • IT Technical Support
  • Software Design & Development
  • Database Design
  • Controlling Systems using IT
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Project Planning with IT
  • Web Production

Entry requirements

You should have 5 GCSEs at grade A-C, including English and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 or First Diploma at Merit level together with Key/Functional Skills Maths and English at level 2.

It is a requirement of the course that all learners undertake GCSE Maths/ GCSE English/ Functional Skills in Numeracy or Literacy. You may get exemption from part of this dependant on your GCSE qualifications.

If you are an overseas student you also need an IELTS score of level 5 or above.


You will be assessed in various ways, including:

  • Observations
  • Group work
  • Written assignment
  • Oral presentations
  • Projects

Future opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies, you could progress to Higher Education either through the Newcastle College Foundation Degree route or with external universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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