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Information Technology Level 3 Extended Diploma at Hartlepool College of Further Education

Course description

A programme of study aimed at those who wish to gain a specialist Level 3 vocational qualification in the IT sector. This course is designed to progress students to Higher Education qualifications in Computing or Creative Media or for those who wish to enter employment.

Students will undertake a first year subsidiary year where a foundation of knowledge is to be laid, from this a second year option is to be taken. Students will be given the opportunity to study either a computing programme or a digital multimedia programme.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification in IT is validated by Pearson Edexcel.

Course content

Units offered include:

  • Technical Support
  • Computer Game Development
  • Application Development
  • Visualisation (Digital Graphics)
  • Web Development
  • 2D Animation Production
  • Information Systems & Computer Networking

Students will also learn to work as a team, manage time, take responsibility for their own work and become self-reliant. There is an expectation that students will work in their own time to complete the necessary reading, homework and assessment tasks.

Entry requirements

For learners who have recently been in education, the profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 2 qualification in IT in a related vocational area
  • A standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to four GCSEs at grade A*-C
  • Other related Level 2 qualifications
  • AS level qualifications in the appropriate sector
  • Related work experience

More mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include experience of paid and/or unpaid employment.

Applicants must be aware that if students do not have a GCSE Grade 'C' or above in Maths and/or English, then they will have to undertake further study in these subjects as part of their programme of study in addition to the main 'core' qualification.


Assessment during and at the end of each module is classroom/home based. All assessment is internally set and marked against Edexcel set criteria. Each unit is graded at either Pass, Merit or Distinction with an overall grade awarded on the successful completion of all modules.

Future opportunities

On completion of the course, students can progress to Higher Education or seek employment.

Further information

The college will recruit learners to BTEC qualifications with integrity. It is expected that students will make every effort to attend all sessions. Students must have a commitment to completing the course. Those with work and/or family commitments should be aware of the duration of the course and the need to attend all classes.

The college will take appropriate steps to assess each applicant's potential and make a professional judgement about their ability to complete the programme of study successfully and achieve the qualification. This will include ensuring that applicants have appropriate information and advice about the qualification and that the qualification will meet their needs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hartlepool College of Further Education directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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