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ICT - Level 3 Extended Diploma at City of Oxford College

Course description

Progress to higher education in computer science or prepare for IT-related careers such as IT support, web design, graphical animation and systems analysis with the Extended Diploma in IT. 

With a broad spectrum of units on offer you can choose the areas that you excel in and enjoy the most.

Successful completion of this course means you gain the equivalent of three A-levels. The diploma is graded between PPP and DDD and UCAS points are derived from these grades. In addition you gain functional skills at Level 2 in IT and mathematics.

Course content

In year 1 you cover the following units: 

- communication and employability skills in IT 
- computer systems and information systems
- event-driven programming 
- human computer interaction 
- website production and management 
- digital graphics and computer animation 
- advanced spreadsheet skills 

In year 2 you cover: 
- software design and development
- systems analysis and design
- e-commerce
- database design
- developing computer games
- controlling systems using IT
- maths for IT practitioners
- network systems security
- 3D modelling 

You are also expected to work towards the functional skills qualifications in English and maths. These are embedded into the assignments. There is an exam for each of the functional skills but the result does not affect the grade of the extended diploma. 

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Level 3 programme will normally have at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (including some subjects related to the proposed area of study) and/or a completed Level 2 award, and the willingness to study for an additional Level 2 qualification in English and/or maths.

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us with your details. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


Continuous assessment throughout the course based on both individual and group assignments and practical work. 

All units are assignment-based, which requires both practical work and research carried out individually and in groups. There are syllabus-related visits throughout the course including a trip to Animation Station.

Financial information

16 to 18 EU tuition fee : £50.00

Future opportunities

Following this Extended Diploma in IT you can progress to a course in higher education at university, or a job as an IT practitioner or technician.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: OXPNDITYR1


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