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IT (Systems, Support and Networking) 90 Credits and Extended Diploma Level 3 at Darlington College

Course description

Networking is the future. The infrastructure that supports these devices needs to be maintained and managed. Whether mobile or office based, technology is forever changing and careers in the networking and support industry are challenging and rewarding.

This course gives you the chance to develop skills in networking, technical support, enterprise skills and computer systems. An “all round” perspective is delivered allowing you to focus and harness your own potential to lead onto a higher education programme of study or the beginning of a successful career. This course gives you the opportunity to learn about networking and technical support with an opportunity to be hands on with computer hardware. You will be given projects to complete with live clients, giving you that all-important work experience required by employers. In addition you will complete supplementary programmes to enhance your employability. The extended diploma course is the equivalent to 3 A Levels.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation

Course content

First year - 90 credit modules

  • Communication and employability skills
  • Computer systems
  • Information systems
  • Communication technology
  • Managing networks
  • Computer networks
  • E-commerce
  • IT technical support
  • IT fault finding and maintenance

Second year - extended diploma modules

  • Organisational systems security
  • Networked systems security
  • Computer system architectures
  • Computing mathematics
  • Using IT to control systems
  • Website development
  • Using IT to manage projects
  • Installing and upgrading software
  • CCNA exploration**

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C including GCSE maths or an appropriate level 2 qualification (at a merit if graded) and a satisfactory school report.
We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.


Initially there will be a portfolio of assignments which will be developed over the course of the year. It is expected that the new qualification will include a number of externally set and marked assignments which may be a mixture of exams and written assignments.

Future opportunities

Career opportunities exist to enter the industry at junior level in many job roles, including:

• Database administration
• Web development
• Social media career
• Business Analyst
• Project Analyst
• Games programming
• Computing forensics
• Computer animation
• E-commerce
• Networking

We do recommend further study if you are wishing to progress within these roles.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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