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IT BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

The course is 100% coursework (no written exams). The course aims to develop the students understanding over broad and diverse areas of information technology. Students will learn to use various industry software packages (Fireworks, Photoshop, Visual Studio, Dreamweaver, Blender etc.).

This course is equivalent to two A levels.

Course content

Topics covered:

  • Computer Systems

Understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems.

  • Communication and Employability Skills for IT

Understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs.

  • Computer Game Platforms and Technologies

Understand computer game hardware and software technologies. Learn how to assemble and connect a combination of these components into playable systems, and keeping up to date with the latest developments in game software and hardware.

  • Digital Graphics

Understand different types of digital graphics images and file formats and to be able to create, edit, modify and manipulate digital images of various types and complexity.

  • Website Production

Design and create an interactive website.

  • Customisation of Websites

Understand the fundamentals of cascading style sheets and scripting languages and are able to develop the skills required to implement web pages using these tools.

  • Developing Computer Games (coding)

Design, develop, test and document a computer game.

  • Event Driven Programming (coding)

Design and develop event driven applications.

  • Software Design and Development (coding)

Understand the principles of software design and be able to use tools to develop software designs.

  • Information Systems

Understand how organisations use information and the surrounding use of information, know about information systems and develop the skills necessary to produce management information.

  • Human Computer Interaction

Know the impact Human Computer Interaction (HCI) has on society, economy and culture provides the basic skills and understanding required to enable learners to design and implement human computer interfaces.

  • Database Design

Understand the features of relational databases and to develop the skills necessary to design, create, populate and test a relational database incorporating advanced features.

Entry requirements

You should have grade 4 or above in GCSE English and GCSE Maths. Alternatively, you must have a merit in a level 2/intermediate ICT course.


The course is 100% coursework (no written exams).

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course.

Future opportunities

This course will provide you with an excellent opportunity to progress to university. It is a good foundation for the higher study of a computing or software engineering degree. It is also of use to those students who would rather move on to do apprenticeships and could lead to employment within the software development industry.

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: 04 January 2018
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