Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT
The Extended Diploma is a two-year level 3 course which prepares you for further academic study or entering employment as a small business computer systems developer. Assignments are industry linked. There are 3 core units and 15 optional units. Also included as an additional unit is the CISCO Academy CCNA part one level 3. Units include: Communication and Employability Skills for IT, Computer Systems, Information Systems, Impact of the Use of IT on Business Systems, Procedural Programming, Maintaining Computer Systems, Installing and Upgrading Software, Digital Graphics, Spreadsheet Modelling, Software Design and Development, Organisational Systems Security, e-Commerce, Computer Networks, Systems Analysis and Design, Project Planning with IT, Database Design, Human Computer Interaction and Website Production. You will also undertake a substantial amount of laboratory practical work which requires writing as part of your course assessment. Depending on your interest and performance in the first year, you will join either the software development pathway or the IT and business pathway for the second year. By the end of the first year you will be expected to have completed 3 core units and 15 optional units.
What do I need to get on the course?
4 GCSEs at grade C or Level 2 BTEC.
Where does it lead?
Higher Education 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
For adults our main enrolment week is the last week in August.
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!) It’s officially a ‘Good’ College (Ofsted 2010) with 82% of teachers good or outstanding. Courses range from pre-entry level right up to post-graduate level.
Information and Communication Technologies
INT30114 – Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT
Day or evening
Day (9am-5pm). Each specialist subject has four hours of contact time per week and is taught in two 2 hour blocks.
Length Of Programme (weeks)
Hours per week