BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in IT


Exam board: Pearson

What is the course about?

If you are interested in progressing to higher education, employment or an apprenticeship in various computing and IT industries then this course is ideal for you. The fundamental philosophy of this course is that you gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a range of content focused on computing and IT industries, computer programming, networking. You will also investigate security issues related to networks and organisations and how to prevent them.

The College has made substantial investments in its IT infrastructure; we have the latest hardware and software, in addition to a specialist network/hardware laboratory. The course is run by highly trained and qualified teachers with a proven track record of high achievement rate at all levels.

Pearson BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma in IT is designed to be studied over two years, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.


Duration of course:

2 Years


What units/topics will be studied?

Overall the course consists of 13 units; 7 mandatory units which 4 units are externally assessed and 6 optional units including:

Information Technology Systems (Externally assessed)

Creating Systems to Manage Information (Externally assessed)

Using Social Media in Business (Mandatory – internally assessed)

Programming (Mandatory – internally assessed)

IT Service Delivery (Externally assessed)

Computer Games Development (Optional)

Cyber security and Incident Management (Externally assessed)

Mobile Apps Development (Optional)

Website Development (Optional)

IT Technical Support and Management (Optional)

Software Testing (Optional)

Digital Animation and Effects (Optional)


What do I need to study this subject?

At least 5 GCSEs grades 9 - 4 including Maths and English. You will need to be well-motivated and committed to attending classes and completing all coursework on time.


What can I do to prepare myself
to study this subject?

GCSE in Computer Science will help you to be better prepared, but it is not a requirement.

Also, up to date your knowledge by reading computing magazines and online news (e.g. Computing, Computer active, WebUser etc.) and watching technology related programmes (e.g. BBC Click).


Where can this lead me?

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in IT is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels and will allow for direct entry into university or employment/apprenticeship; in fact the vast majority of our students use this course for entry to higher education.