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Information Technology (Computing & IT) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Richard Huish College

Course description

IT is a coursework based subject for those keen to prepare for work and study in the fast-moving technology sector or those who are intent on building a strong IT knowledge base using skills that are valued in any industry.

The Extended Diploma in Computing and IT is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in the computing industry. You will develop understanding of the principles of computer science, including some mathematical concepts. You will develop skills in software design and development, programming, NET Windows applications, project management and investigate topics such as IT security and the business applications of social media.

There are opportunities to develop your studies and interests including use of the department’s Oculus Rift and joining the games development group to enhance your creative IT skills.

Course content

A major focus of this course is on software development and programming in addition to units which study the IT systems and processes used in the IT industry.

Units studied:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Programming
  • Data Modelling
  • Website Development
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Computer Games Development
  • IT Project Management
  • Cyber Security & Incident Management
  • IT Service Delivery
  • Big Data and Business Analytics
  • Digital Animation and Effects

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language


Four units are assessed by exmaination; the remainder are internally coursework assessed. 

Future opportunities

Recent students have progressed on to higher apprenticeships with employers such as GCHQ, CGI, NHS and Somerset County Council. Degree course choices include Computing and Games Technology and some students have entered the job market directly with large companies like RM Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.