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IT (Computing/Software Development) Level 3 Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

The Information Technology sector is recognised to be a highly skilled and high growth sector of the economy as well as a key enabler for every other industry in the UK.

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT (Software Development) is appropriate for students who have a strong interest in IT and computer programming (application and web).

By studying a BTEC National, learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. This study programme is an excellent stepping stone to Higher Education (HE) at university or college.

Course content

Year 1 Units:

  • Unit 1: Communications and Employability Skills for IT
  • Unit 2: Computer Systems
  • Unit 28: Website Production
  • Unit 30: Digital Graphics
  • Unit 42: Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Unit 43: Multimedia Design


Year 2 Units:

  • Unit 3: Information Systems
  • Unit 6: Software Design and Development
  • Unit 11: Systems Analysis and Design
  • Unit 14: Event Driven Programming
  • Unit 18: Database Design
  • Unit 22: Developing Games


Functional Skills and/or GCSE – Mathematics and English
Your study programme may include two additional qualifications over the two year programme to achieve further competence and skills in Mathematics and English.

Additional Studies
Your study programme will include preparation for employment and an expectation to complete relevant work experience and independent study.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths or a Level 2 qualification in IT at Distinction plus GCSEs at grades A*-C in English and Maths. All applicants will be interviewed. Places on the Level 3 Diploma are subject to minimum grade requirements as well as BKSB assessments in English and Maths and free hand writing exercises to be held during the induction period.

If you don’t get the results you were expecting, talk to one of our advisors, who may be able to find the course to suit your skills and abilities.

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the BTEC Level 3 Diploma IT (Software Development) will be able to progress to a higher education course at New College Durham or at University. Distinctions in all assignments will account for up to 280 UCAS points. Students wishing to apply to a specific University are advised to check their eligibility criteria.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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