IT (Information Technology) BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Bolton College
Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.
This course provides you with an excellent route to a career in the IT industry or Higher Education.
With the support of our experienced and committed teaching team you will gain knowledge in a range of areas, including:
- IT Support
- Trouble-Shooting & Maintenance
- Web Development
- Graphic Design
You will also gain a background understanding of computer and information systems as well as many other practical skills.
Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
What you'll learn
You’ll expand your knowledge of hardware, software, user support and systems development, and study at a practical level how to:
- Maintain a Network
- Support Individual Computer Users
- Maintain, Troubleshoot, Repair & Upgrade Computers
You’ll also develop a good understanding of:
- Web Page Design
- Games Development & Design (during this topic you can use your imagination and creativity to modify and manipulate images and create animations.)
If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may wish to study English & maths to Level 3.
Elements of study
Your programme consists of the following elements:
- Study of your chosen vocational subject
- English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
- Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
- Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
- Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)
We ask that you have four GCSEs, minimum grade 4 (C), including Maths and English, or a Merit award in an IT Level 2 qualification. We’ll also ask you to come for an interview and provide a satisfactory school reference.
You will be assessed by completion of internally set assignments and practical class activities.
Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident. Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?
For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!
After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at College or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).
Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting www.bolton.ac.uk
Following further study you could work as:
- An IT Operations Technician can earn between an average of £30,000 a year, depending on experience.
- An IT Support Technician can earn up to £32,000 depending on experience.
- An IT Project Manager, earning between £25,000 and £70,000 a year.
We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities.
Our £75 million campus offers:
- A fitness suite and sports hall
- Apple Mac suites
- A theatre and dance studios
- A café selling Costa coffee
- Wella-approved hair salons
We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
Number 1 for Achievement Rates
We’re the number one General Further Education College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications.
Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’
In our last inspection we were graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.
The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.
During their visit Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.
Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.
Wednesday 17th October 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm
Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm
Tuesday 5th February 2019, 4.30pm - 7pm
Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 3.30pm-7.30pm
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.