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ICT - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for IT Practitioners (ICT) Systems Support and Software Development at Calderdale College

Course description

On this course you will learn the concepts of IT from games programming to web design and gain the equivalent of three A Levels. The course develops a range of skills assessed by assignments, suitable for you if you are wishing to seek immediate employment in an IT support role or go onto university.

You can study an extra AS Level alongside this course, please click on the link below to find out more information:

Course content

On this two year course you will develop a vast range of in-depth skills in computing that will give you the opportunity to gain a university place or a job. What will you learn? Year 1 You will explore the IT industry, finding out what jobs are out there and what skills you need to get these positions. You will also compare the technology for communicating e.g. e-mail, forums and instant messaging. On the course you will also discover how your computer works and use it to develop digital graphics and your own website, and design your own computer interfaces, as well as using robots to investigate control technologies. Year 2 You will find out how computers connect together and how to build networks in offices and schools, as well as internationally across the world.Virus and hackers are becoming more sophisticated, you will learn skills to defend systems against these attacks.You will be able to run your own IT project on any topic you choose. In the past learners have chosen to create projects that include; creating a mobile network of computers to run computer games competitions, creating a smart card for NHS patients to allow for automatic appointments and record retrieval. What jobs could you get? You will get enough points to go to any university in the country, the equivalent of 3 A-Levels.You will also gain enough experience to get a job as an IT Technician or Systems Developer, earning on average £12,000 - £20,000 a year**Computing statistics for year 2008.

The course consists of 18 units, 16 of which are assessed by assignments.  The course is taught through formal lectures, practical sessions and research


Entry requirements

An advanced course suitable for those with at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including Maths & English and ICT with at least 2 other subject areas.


Coursework and assignments, as well as two online tests

Financial information

In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived.  Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.

Future opportunities

There are several routes to go on upon completion of the course, the most popular being university, passing the course will prepare you for an academic degree in the ITC field, with the course being the equivalent of three A Levels (up to 420 UCAS points, prestigious universities requiring 360 points).
Alternatively completion of the course would give you a firm place on the Higher National Diploma in Computing at Calderdale College.
The BTEC Extended Diploma is the national standard for Level 3 IT qualifications, alongside suitable experience in the IT field a graduate can gain a job in IT consultancy and technical work.
The course makes a strong focus on identifying potential routes that will ensure the student goes forward into the best possible route for them.

Further information

Please complete an application form and return it to us at the following freepost address:-
Calderdale College Central Admissions Unit, FREEPOST HX2 004, Francis Street, Halifax, HX1 3BR

or click on the link to apply online:

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2015
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