Level 3 Extended National Diploma in IT (Full-Time)

Course Overview

The Level 3 Extended National Diploma in IT is a Full-time Further Education course designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in the computing and information technology sector. This is located in the Computing and Information Technology (CIT) department.

Its aim is to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The BTEC L3 Diploma qualifications provide career development opportunities and a clear progression route to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study.

The first year of the course covers Computing IT. In the second year, the student has the option of specialising in either, Computing & IT, Games & Graphic Design or Web & App Development.

  • Entry Requirements

    Welsh Baccalaureate National and 5 GCSEs A-C that include Maths & English and for those coming through with an a Level 2 in Computing and/or IT qualification we ask for a minimum of a Merit.

  • Career Prospects

    Higher Education or secure employment in a range of business and ICT organisations. Many Students go onto many computer related courses.

    Please note that if you are considering teaching as a career then universities require GCSEs at Grade B or above for Maths, English and Science and for Computer Science courses some universities ask for a minimum of Grade B at Maths GCSE.

    Potential Career Opportunities: IT Director, Programmer and Developer, Database Developer, IT Manager, Project Manager, Technical Support, IT Consultant, Internet and Web Developer, Game Designer, Games Developer, Helpdesk, Software Engineer, Strategy and Planning, Systems Design and Development, Computer Architect, Tester, Analyst, Network Management, IT Operations, Sales and Marketing.

  • Course Modules

    Typical Course Structure:
    Year 1: Semester One:
    • Information Technology Systems (externally assessed)
    • Creating Systems to Manage Information(externally assessed)
    • Programming

    Semester Two:
    • Data Modelling
    • Website Development
    • Using Social Media in Business

    Year 2: Semester One:
    • IT Project Management : Part 1
    • Cyber Security and Incident Management
    • Mobile Apps Development
    • Digital Graphics.

    Semester Two:
    • IT Project Management : Part 2
    • IT Service Delivery
    • Computer Games Development
    • The Internet of Things.

    Additional Qualifications: Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.

  • Assessment

    Assessment is through externally marked exams and unit based assignments

  • Additional Costs

    There may be additional course-related costs for text books and educational visits

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