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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for ICT Practitioners

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £3,345 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 Weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time (16-18s); Part-time (Adults)
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

This is a practical course and is divided into units. The first two units are mandatory and then a selection of 16 units from the following:

  • Communication and Employability Skills for IT
  • Computer Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Managing Networks
  • Software Design and Development
  • Organisational Systems Security
  • e-Commerce
  • Computer Networks
  • Communication Technologies
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • IT Technical Support
  • IT Systems Troubleshooting and Repair
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Procedural Programming
  • Project Planning with IT
  • Database Design
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Client Side Customisation of Web Pages
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Developing Computer Games
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Controlling Systems Using IT
  • Maintaining Computer Systems
  • Mathematics for IT Practitioners
  • Web Server Scripting
  • Website Production
  • Installing and Upgrading Software
  • Digital Graphics
  • Computer Animation
  • Networked Systems Security
  • Supporting Business Activities
  • Business Resources
  • Digital Graphics for Interactive Media
  • Computer Game Platforms and Technologies
  • 2D Animation Production
  • Interactive Media Authoring
  • Web Animation for Interactive Media
  • Computer Game Design
  • 3D Modelling
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Multimedia Design

Please Note

Extended Diplomas are delivered as two one year programmes:

Year 1 - Subsidiary Diploma

Year 2 - Diploma/Extended Diploma

Students are expected to satisfactorily complete the Subsidiary programme prior to being considered appropriate for a year 2 qualification.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

The Level 3 Extended Diploma can lead to a degree programme at university or to the College's HND programme in Computing & Systems Development. Students can progress from this course directly into employment.​

How will I learn?

Through assignments, own study, videos, guest speakers, practical work, theory work carried out over the period of the course. Specific units are deisgned to meet the needs of students at the appropriate level.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by practical assignments. You will need to build a portfolio of tasks for assessment.

You will have a personal tutor who will provide help with personal development and careers advice and your individual learning programme.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

There is an expectation that students will do an additional number of self study hours.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

You should have at least 5 GCSE grade 'C' passes including English and Mathematics or have an ITQ L2 or BTEC Level 2 Diploma with English and mathematics at GCSE grade 'C' or Foundation Skill level 2.  All applicants will take an English and mathematics assessment and will be interviewed. You may also be required to take a short IT test to make sure that you have the necessary IT skills to benefit from this advanced course.

Expected prior knowledge


English level

Level 2 (GCSE Grade C)

Mathematics level

Level 2 (GCSE Grade C)

Equipment and other costs


For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.


* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.