Computing and IT

Extended Diploma in Computing (Software Development), Level 3

Course overview

If you enjoy creative thinking and developing imaginative solutions to complex problems or wish to progress to higher education specialising in web design, software & app development and programming, then this course is for you.

Please note that this course is predominantly aimed at 16 to 19 year olds.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have 5 GCSEs (A*-C) or (Grade 4 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.

Course Modules

- Computer Systems
- Software Development
- Advanced Programming Techniques
- Web Development
- Multimedia Development
- Networking Fundamentals
- Computer & Organisational Security
- IT Technical Support

How will I be assessed?

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

You will have the chance to work with local developers and businesses to create products for them, thus building your portfolio in a real working environment.

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.

IT 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 a Game Designer, Animator, Web Designer, 3D Modeller, Character Artist, Camera Operator, Video Editor, Film/TV Producer or Film/TV Director.