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ICT (General Pathway) Level 3 Diploma at South Essex College

Course description

This course will give you all you need to prepare for a career in IT in specialist areas ranging from business software development to networking and systems support.

Completing this course will give you an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT.

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Course content

  • communications & employability skills
  • computer systems
  • information systems
  • software design & development
  • e-commerce
  • computer networks
  • systems analysis & design
  • website production
  • database design
  • impact of the use of IT on business systems
  • human computer interface
  • organisational systems security
  • mathematics for IT practitioners
  • project planning with IT
  • digital graphics
  • computer animation
  • business resources
  • supporting business systems

Entry requirements

  • four GCSEs at grade four/grade C or above (preferably including English and Maths), or
  • Level 2 Extended Certificate in ICT plus maths and English at level one, or equivalent
  • successful attendance at interview event


  • online Exams
  • group discussions
  • written articles
  • course assignments
  • practical activities
  • reflective writing
  • group and/or individual presentations
  • self-directed learning through blended learning activities

Financial information

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment

Future opportunities

  • Bsc or foundation degree in IT
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing and Systems Development

With additional training you may progress to a career in data administration, junior web design, IT network technician or 1st line support.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 November 2018
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