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Computer Systems and Network Support BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Newcastle College

Course description

What makes a computer work? This course will focus on designing computing and networking solutions. You will analyse business systems, learn how to support users of computer systems and develop software solutions. If you want a career in designing, implementing and maintaining computer and network systems, this course is ideal for you.

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 Computer Systems and Network Support is appropriate for students who have a real interest in IT and communication technologies including network management and technical support. The qualification is aimed at those who already possess some knowledge and understanding of ICT systems and desktop support and who wish to extend their knowledge and skills.

Course content

The Diploma in Computer Science comprises of modules studied over two years.

You will study the following subjects (may be subject to change):

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Planning and Management of
    Computing Projects
  • IT Systems Security
  • Managing & Supporting Systems
  • Virtualisation
  • Programmable Devices & Controllers
  • Computer Forensics
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Communication Technologies 

Entry requirements

You should have 5 GCSEs at grade A-C, including English and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 or First Diploma at Merit level together with Key/Functional Skills Maths and English at level 2.

It is a requirement of the course that all learners undertake GCSE Maths/GCSE English/Functional Skills in Numeracy or Literacy. You may get exemption from part of this dependent on your GCSE qualifications.

If you are an overseas student you also need an IELTS score of level 5 or above.


You will be assessed in various ways, including:


Group work 
Written assignment 
Oral presentations 

Future opportunities

Recruitment for computer specialists in computer science is often at graduate level and learners
may wish to progress to higher education prior to employment.
The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised as meeting admission requirements for a range of course choices at higher education level.

This qualification enables learners to develop the knowledge and skills needed for entry level

computing roles, including:
• IT Technical Support
• Facilities Management Intern
• Systems Monitoring Computer Operator
• IT Operations Technician
• Network Support Technician
Recruitment for computer specialists in computer systems and network support is often at graduate
level and learners may wish to progress to higher education prior to employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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