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IT BTEC Level 3 90 Credit/Extended Diploma at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

This course provides you with an excellent route to enter a career in the IT industry or Higher Education. With the support of our experienced and committed teaching team, you will gain knowledge of a range of areas, including IT support, troubleshooting and maintenance, networking, programming, web development and graphic design. You will also gain a background understanding of computer and information systems as well as many other practical skills.

Course content

  • Developing computer games
  • Communication and employability skills
  • Computer systems
  • Information systems
  • Communication technologies
  • Computer networks
  • IT technical support
  • IT systems troubleshooting and repair
  • Network management
  • Event-driven programming
  • Digital graphics
  • Website production and management
  • Client-side customisation of web pages
  • E-commerce
  • Organisational systems security
  • Database skills
  • IT systems analysis and design

(This is indicative only – units may vary).

Entry requirements

You will require motivation, enthusiasm, self-discipline and the ability to carry out independent study.

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths and English. Alternatively, you may hold a minimum of a merit grade at Level 2 Diploma IT and suitable English and Maths qualifications.


You will learn through lectures, practical classes, by using specialist and industry standard software in the classroom and research by undertaking projects. You will also be able to access course material online via a virtual learning environment. At the time of writing, we expect examinations to be a part of the assessment process alongside coursework assignments. However, the awarding body is updating this qualification, so this may be subject to change.

Future opportunities

An Extended Diploma qualification is a good grounding for university courses, especially when achieving DDM level or above. You could also progress to HNC/ HND at Higher Education level. Apprenticeships are another possibility. You can also enter employment directly after completing the course to start your IT career.

This is a broad-based course which, will keep your options open. Students can move directly into jobs as IT technicians, junior programmers or web developers. If you progress to university, there are further opportunities to specialise in computer science, forensic computing, cyber security, games development, network management or systems analysis.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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