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Computing and Programming Level 3 Extended Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This is a practical course where lectures are divided into theoretical aspects reinforced through enjoyable hands-on activities. You essentially learn by doing, something we feel is absolutely critical to your personal and professional development.

Sessions are delivered by qualified teachers who have many years of experience working in the IT and Media industry.

The College has a well-stocked range of hardware and software to be used and examined and your studies will involve you using industry-standard tools and software to prepare you for the workplace.

Course content

This course acts as a vocational alternative to studying three “A” Levels and offers a challenging combination of technical units which help you to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the competitive world of technical IT and Computing.

You will develop many industry relevant skills including:

  • Solving problems using commercially-relevant programming languages
  • Building and repairing damaged computer systems using safe working practices
  • Assembling and configuring computer networks to meet real-world security needs
  • Installing and upgrading operating systems to cope with new hardware, security updates or compatibility issues
  • Designing complex web-based content

Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at Grade A* - C to include English and preferably Maths or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma achieved at Merit, or equivalent, and a successful interview.

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.


Assessment is through a combination of coursework assignments and some external assessment.

Future opportunities

Successful candidates who complete their Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT have many opportunities for progression. 

To find employment on an IT helpdesk, in network support, as a commercial web design or as a junior software developer.

Dependent upon your grades, you could choose to apply to study a Higher National Diploma or an undergraduate Degree programme at university.

There will be ongoing tutorial support to help you to shape your future decsions as you progress through the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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