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IT (Computing/Business) Level 3 Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

The Information Technology sector is recognised to be a highly skilled and high growth sector of the economy as well as a key enabler for every other industry in the UK.

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT (Business) is appropriate for students who have a strong interest in IT and how it can be effectively used to in business organisations to effectively analyse business data and ensure organisational systems security.

By studying a BTEC National, learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. This study programme is an excellent stepping stone to Higher Education (HE) at university or college.

Course content

Year 1 Units:

  • Unit 1: Communications and Employability Skills for IT
  • Unit 2: Computer Systems
  • Unit 28: Website Production
  • Unit 30: Digital Graphics
  • Unit 42: Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Unit 43: Multimedia Design

Year 2 Units:

  • Unit 3: Information Systems
  • Unit 4: Impact of the Use of IT on Business Systems
  • Unit 7: Organisational Systems Security
  • Unit 8: eCommerce
  • Unit 18: Database Design
  • Unit 21: Data Analysis and Design

Functional Skills and/or GCSE – Mathematics and English
Your study programme may include two additional qualifications over the two year programme to achieve further competence and skills in Mathematics and English.

Additional Studies
Your study programme will include preparation for employment and an expectation to complete relevant work experience and independent study.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths or a Level 2 qualification in IT at Distinction plus GCSEs at grades A*-C in English and Maths. All applicants will be interviewed. Places on the Level 3 Diploma are subject to minimum grade requirements as well as BKSB assessments in English and Maths and free hand writing exercises to be held during the induction period.

If you don’t get the results you were expecting, talk to one of our advisors, who may be able to find the course to suit your skills and abilities.

Future opportunities

Progression opportunities
Students who successfully complete the BTEC Level 3 Diploma IT (Business) will be able to progress to a higher education course at New College Durham or at University. Distinctions in all assignments will account for up to 280 UCAS points. Students wishing to apply to a specific University are advised to check their eligibility criteria.

Related careers
IT business analyst, architect or systems designer Workers in this unit group provide advice on the effective utilisation of IT and design IT systems in order to meet the business objectives or to enhance the business effectiveness of the organisation.
Programmer or software development professional Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.
Web design or development professional Jobholders in this unit group design, develop and maintain websites to meet a client’s specified requirements.
Information technology or telecommunications professional n.e.c. Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 213: Information Technology and Telecommunication Professionals.
IT operations technician IT operations technicians are responsible for the day-to-day running of IT systems and networks including the preparation of back-up systems, and for performing regular checks to ensure the smooth functioning of such systems.
IT user support technician IT user support technicians are responsible for providing technical support, advice and guidance for internal/external users of IT systems and applications, either directly or by telephone, e-mail or other network interaction.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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