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Computing BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Brockenhurst College

Course description

This course is suitable for students who are considering a career in IT. This course is a full time course of study, equivalent to 3 A Levels. Occasionally, there is the opportunity to study an additional subject alongside at the discretion of the Deputy Principal.

If you are good at problem solving and carrying out practical work, this course would suit you. If you enjoy computer-based work and find that you do better in coursework than exams, you should enjoy the BTEC IT course. BTEC Extended Diploma students study 18 units over the 2 years of the course.

The course has been structured to provide opportunities to study a wide range of subjects including

  • networking
  • programming
  • web development
  • graphics
  • hardware and software troubleshooting
  • application software.
  • This provides a superb platform for students to progress their studies at university or entering industry.

Lessons take place in specialist IT rooms with 1:1 networked PCs.

You will be taught by specialists in their field through a variety of demonstrations, lectures and by undertaking a variety of practical tasks, individually and in small groups.

You will have access to hardware and networking lab facilities for the practical parts of the course. You will be shown how to use the College's CMS (Content Management System), which will enable you to access course materials from home.


Course content

Students will take the BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in IT in the first year, and progress to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma if they are successful in completing the first year of the course.

As a CISCO networking academy, students on this course are able to gain CISCO CCNA 1, 2, 3 and 4 networking qualifications, which are valuable additional industry recognised qualifications in addition to the BTEC Extended Diploma.

There will also be an opportunity to enrol on the Microsoft IT Academy programme and become certified as a Microsoft Professional - Significant Value Added.

Entry requirements


To take a BTEC National Diploma in IT you need to have a keen interest in IT, but not necessarily any IT qualifications.

You should have a systematic and logical approach to problem solving.

You will require at least 5 A*-C grade passes at GCSE, including Maths and English, or a minimum of a Distinction grade in the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT plus GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

English Language and Maths GCSEs, grade C or above are essential.

If places are still available and a student has not achieved English OR Maths they will need to continue this as mandatory study.


The course assessment is mainly via assignments.

There are no formal examinations other than the end of unit assessments for the networking units.

Each unit studied consists of 60 hours of study and students will typically undertake 3-4 assignments per unit. Assignments are set and graded by your lecturers and the grades for all units contribute towards the overall grade that is awarded at the end of your 2-year course.

Financial information

Students will be required to buy two text books costing, in total, approximately £40 for the two years of the course.

Future opportunities

The majority of students continue on IT or computing related degree courses at university, such as Computer Science, IT and Business or Software Development. The course also forms an excellent skills base for employment in the IT industry as a technician or developer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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