Computing and IT

Extended Diploma in Computing and Cyber Security, Level 3

Course overview

Could you be the next Bill Gates? Do you enjoy problem solving? Do you love seeing how things work?

If you are dedicated to a career in IT and looking to develop your skills to the next level, then this is the perfect course for you. Our Extended Diploma in IT (Software Development) is an advanced qualification that mixes theory with practical study to give you the best head start in the industry. In the modern world, almost every job involves the use of computers and IT is essential to the daily running of many businesses and companies. With our diploma, you will be ready to progress to further study or begin work as an IT professional!

Our Diploma will help you to develop a range of skills and techniques in IT from basic knowledge of computer systems to a more advanced understanding of programming, technical support and repair. You will learn how a computer works, how to design and maintain networks, and how companies use information systems to store and use data. You will have the opportunity to design your own software, develop your own website and understand the principles of computer science.You will also have the chance to improve your employability skills by working on your communication skills and interview techniques.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have 5 GCSEs (A*-C) or (Grade 4/5 and above) including English and maths. Alternatively, you will have achieved a Level 2 Diploma, such as a Diploma for IT Professionals. Entry is subject to a satisfactory reference and interview.

Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. Students will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure they are on the correct level.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework activities, such as short tests, reports, practical activities and projects.

What can I do next

After successful completion of your second year and with sufficient grades you can progress to university or to our own HND in Computing and Systems Development or Foundation Degree in Cybersecurity courses. 

ICT is used in every corner of society and the skills you learn during this qualification can be applied to many different jobs in a range of sectors. You may like to consider a career in as an IT Network Support Engineer, a Website Developer, Graphic Designer, CAD Technician, Software Engineer, Programmer, Analyst, IT Trainer or even Computer Games Developer!

Course Modules

- Principles of Computer Science
- Software Design and Development
- IT Systems Security and Encryption
- Computer Networking
- IT Virtualisation
- Website Development
- Mobile App Development
- Business Applications of Social Media