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Programming, Networking & IT BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is an advanced level vocational IT course involving theoretical and practical study of both computer and ICT related topics. It is an exciting course that includes a wide range of units designed to provide an excellent platform for students wishing to either progress towards a course in Higher Education or enter the IT Industry.

The qualification provides you with the essential skills and knowledge in preparation for university or employment and covers many specialisms such as a range of Programming Languages, Applications Development, plus Hardware & Networking whilst providing a solid grounding of essential Information & Communication Technology processes within the context of the business environment.

Course content

This two year full time course is designed for students looking for a career as an IT Professional. Units are carefully selected to enable you to progress in a way that suits your immediate and future needs. The qualification offers the core content of generic units covering a wide range of IT skills needed in industry whilst specially selected units will support and enhance your progression.

Specialist advice and guidance will be available at the end of year 1 to help you with university choices or to assist you in selecting the best route into employment. The final qualification is equivalent to three A Levels worth up to 420 UCAS points and is well regarded by Higher Education institutions for progression.

Entry requirements

In order to be accepted on the course you will need at least 5 relevant GCSEs A*-C, including English Language and Maths or a Distinction in a relevant Level 2 such as a BTEC Diploma with English and Maths level 2 equivalencies.

You must also demonstrate a keen commitment to study, be able to take responsibility for your own behaviour and learning and equip yourself with the necessary resources to enable you to successfully achieve this demanding yet rewarding qualification.

Progression onto year two will be subject to passing all unit work set in year one (personal issues and challenges will be taken into consideration). Your progress, attendance, punctuality and any disciplinary status will be monitored and reviewed in order to assess suitability for progression.

Future opportunities

On completion of the course most students will go on to do a computing related degree in Higher Education. Some may go on to further training and/or training whilst in employment.

Please note that for some university courses you may need GCSE English and/or Maths and Science at grade C or above. You must check this with the universities you may wish to apply to.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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