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BTEC 90-Credit Diploma in Business / Extended Diploma in IT (Level 3)

Programme outline

Ideal for people who want to go on to further academic study or to enter employment as a small business computer systems developer. Assignments are industry linked. Units include games design, digital graphics, Java programming, troubleshooting and repair, computer security, computer / information systems, installing and upgrading software and maintaining computer systems. Also included as an additional unit is the CISCO academy CCNA part one Level 3.

What do I need to get on the course?

4 GCSEs at grade C or Level 2 BTEC, plus a College interview and assessment.

Where does it lead?

Higher level courses, Apprenticeships or employment.

How will I learn?

For the first year, in addition to Functional Skills ICT, you will study nine units broadly spread across the technical programming and Computer Science area and the more business oriented Information Systems area; some units involve practical labs where hardware and software is installed or upgraded. While achievement on the practical labs for hardware and software installation and maintenance is evidenced by screenshots and statements, most units are assessed by written assignments submitted during the unit. In the second year, a choice is offered between concentrating on programming for Computer Science or on a database project for Business Information Systems.

How will the learning be examined or assessed?

It is assessed and graded internally by a combination of tests, specific unit assignments and IT practical work.

Where do I go if I have further questions?

Prospective students can contact the course information team on 020 7613 9123. Or, you can email them: info@hackney.ac.uk.

How much will it cost?

Don’t worry about the cost of learning! We can help and advise you. 16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses and if you would have been eligible for EMA, you may now receive a bursary. Transport for London student travel cards are available, giving discounts to 16-18s. If you’re aged 18-23, many courses are FREE or DISCOUNTED. If you’re aged 24 or over and enrolling on an approved level 3 or higher further education course, you can get a government loan to cover the tuition cost of your course. You don’t start paying back this loan until you earn a minimum of £21,000 per year – and the amount you are charged depends on how much you earn. Visit the ‘Fees’ section of our website which is found under the ‘Supporting you’ tab at the top of this page for more information.

How do I enrol?

For 16-18 year old students main enrolment is the day when GCSE results are released (August).
However, early enrolment does take place during the summer. Please contact our central admissions department for details on 020 7613 9123 or by email: info@hackney.ac.uk.
For adults our main enrolment week is the last week in August.

Student success

93% of last year’s students passed successfully with 79% going on to university.

What's the time commitment

The course has approximately 16 hours teacher contact time per week over 4 days. You should expect to spend time an extra 5 hours a week on private study. Your teacher will set you regular assessments and set deadlines for you to hand them in. At other times we will expect you to be using a range of resources to reinforce and extend class work (e.g.) books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and Intranet, etc.

Where do I go?

Shoreditch Campus, Falkirk Street, London N1 6HQ. Visit the “How to find us” page on our website for directions.

Support for you

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.

The college experience

Based in the heart of Hoxton, our Shoreditch Campus is a great place to study. It’s spacious, with well-thought our study facilities – plus outdoor and indoor social areas to catch up with friends. Students from many different backgrounds come to HCC and achieve – so you’re bound to fit in. Last year, 91% of our students said they’d recommend us to a friend. 83% said the college was a friendly place to study, 79% planned to progress onto another course with us and 97% felt that HCC was a safe place to be.

Information about the college

HCC is an award-winning College (Queen’s Anniversary Prize, Beacon Awards Winner (two years running), London Education Partnership Awards, TES 2012 FE Awards Winner, Investors in People GOLD award – and more!) Courses range from pre-entry level right up to post-graduate level.

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Shoreditch Site
Falkirk Street
N1 6HQ