Accessibility links

IT National Extended Diploma (Software Development) Level 3 at Sunderland College

Course description

If you enjoy creative thinking and developing imaginative solutions to complex problems or wish to progress to further education specialising in web design, software and App development and programming then this course is for you!

Course content

You will study 18 units over two years including topics such as:

Communication and employability skills for IT

Computer systems

Software design & development

Event driven programming

Controlling Systems Using IT

Procedural Programming

Systems Analysis and Design


Entry requirements

You will need to have a standard of literacy and numeracy at Level 2 supported by the equivalent to four GCSEs at grade C or above including English. You will also need to demonstrate excellent IT skills and show a keen interest in software, web, and programming.


You will be taught using a range of teaching techniques including lectures, web 2.0 tools, group work, quizzes and collaboration via the latest technologies. You will complete projects set with an employer focus and gain valuable experience through realistic working environments.

Future opportunities

You could specialise further in your chosen field of IT to a Higher Education degree course or progress to any of the very popular career routes in systems analysis, software development, animation, web authoring or Technical support specialisms.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 February 2016
Provider logo

Key information


  • More information
    • Bede Campus is located just outside Sunderland city centre on Durham Road.

      It provides an excellent learning environment for academic and vocational courses including new state of the art science labs and a dedicated learning resource centre with internet café, helping ensure the quality of our education is matched by our facilities.

      As the dedicated campus for our sports provision the Sports Academy building spans some 30,000 sq.ft and features a includes a multi-use sports hall, sports science performance lab, sports massage treatment areas, exercise studio and fully equipped gym with TechnoGym cardiovascular machines. The campus also features the multi million pound Goals Soccer Centrecomprising of 10 floodlit all weather synthetic pitches. These facilities are used extensively for lessons and are also available free of charge for any of our students.

      Spanning 50,000 square feet, the Visual and Performing Arts building features a theatre; film screening room; media/TV, drama, dance, art, and fashion and clothing studio; two industry standard recording studios; a music technology suite; photography studio; dark room and film processing facilities. Take a look at the Visual and Performing Arts tumblr pageto see some of our students and tutors work.

      Bede Campus also features three on-site cafe including the brand new refectory and a Starbucks in the new Visual and Performing Arts building for all students.