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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Computing at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

This two year course is all about understanding how computers work and developing skills in areas such as software development, website production and networking. You will learn about all key aspects of computing and IT, including software development, computer systems, networking, web design and database systems. You will also need to complete modules to develop your communication skills and associated areas such as computer graphics.

During year 1 you will cover communication and employability, software development and human computer interaction, information systems, website production and digital graphics, computer systems and communications technology.
Year2 will include project planning, e-commerce and databases, 2D animation, Web server scripting, systems analysis and design.

As part of your study programme here at the College alongside your chosen course you will complete a maths and/or English qualification if you have not already achieved a grade C (5) or above. (This will be a GCSE for all students with a grade D (4).

The study programme will also incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Usually you’ll need four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study (including maths and/or English). Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels. An IT qualification such as GCSE or OCR National is also desirable. All applicants will be required to attend interview, together with undertaking a test of their current IT knowledge.


This course is assessed through coursework activities across both years of the course. This will include time spent writing software, developing websites, practical tasks on networking and computer hardware and developing computer graphics. There are also opportunities to give presentations and to present work in the College auditorium to an invited audience. There are no formal examinations, however we will use computer based quizzes for some ongoing assessment.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

Future opportunities

The majority of students from this course progress to a university based programme such as computer science, software development or business information systems. Some choose to study games programming also. You can also choose to study for a higher education qualification here at NULC through the foundation degree in IT, or to enter employment, possibly through an apprenticeship.

Further information

As well as the core modules listed previously, we also offer an option block choice in year 2, these are currently technician, games developer and business consultant. We have taken students on trips to Eurogamer, Gadget Show Live, Bletchley Park and to local universities in the last 12 months. We also have a large number of ex-students who visit to talk about their careers since being students on this course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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