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IT Level 3 (Conversion) Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This course is for people who are looking to progress onto employment in the IT industry or into University.

Course content

You will study in your first year units such as computer systems, advanced spread sheet skills, database, web design and digital graphics. The second year will focus on programming, advanced multimedia skills, communication and networking and advanced software development skills.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSE at A-C including IT and/or merit at BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT. After completion of the year 1 Level 3 subsidiary diploma, a decision will be made regarding the progression to Level 3 diploma.


Your progress will be assessed internally through the production of a portfolio of assignment work. You will be advised of your progress throughout the course with individual learning plans and regular personal tutorial sessions.

Future opportunities

After completing the course there is opportunity to complete an HND in computing as well as other qualifications such as Microsoft and Cisco courses. In addition you will be encouraged to apply to University for undergraduate study in a related discipline.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career.

      We have recently invested £6.5 million at the campus and our excellent training facilities include:

      • Dedicated studio space for art, design, fashion, textiles and photography
      • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
      • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
      • Engineering and advanced manufacturing workshops equipped with the latest technologies
      • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with five vehicle bays and diagnostic equipment
      • Large construction workshops dedicated to carpentry and joinery, highways, brickwork, tiling and painting and decorating
      • Electrical installation workshops
      • The Gallery restaurant, modern 40 seat commercially run modern restaurant
      • Fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchens
      • Health skills room
      • A choice of places to eat and catch up with friends
      • Learning Resource Centre with a range of learning material resources, an IT suite and quiet study areas.