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Systems Support - Level 3 at West Thames College

Course description

The BTEC National Extended Diploma in IT is a two year course which is equivalent to 3 A Levels and is accepted by universities across the country. It is also the ideal course for someone seeking employment in a computing sector. This course is designed to introduce you to a wide range of computing disciplines. You will have the opportunity to develop knowledge of and skills in computer science, computer systems and networks and social media in business, enabling you to progress to further study of the computing sector or other sectors.

In the first year you will study a range of units and on successful completion achieve a BTEC Level 3 90 credits Diploma in IT. On successful completion of additional units studied in the second year you will achieve the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in IT.

Course content

You will study common core units in Year 1 including:

  • Communication and Employability Skills
  • Computer Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Software Design and Development
  • Organisational Systems Security
  • Computer Networks
  • Database Design
  • Maintaining Computer Systems
  • Spreadsheet Modelling

In the second year you will do additional units which will consist of specialist units.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grade 9-4 including maths and English or a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate with a merit (or equivalent) including functional skills in English and maths. You will take an aptitude assessment to establish your suitability for the course.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email


You will be assessed by means of internal set assignments depending on the unit.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

An HNC/HND within West Thames College or degree programme at university or employment.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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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.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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