Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology

What is the Course About?

Faculty: Digital Enterprise

Department: Computing

What subjects/units/modules* will I study?

This level of national qualification is designed to provide specialist work-related experience and skills that will prepare you for employment or further study at university. The 13 units you will study, as part of the Extended Diploma, are equivalent to 3 A Levels.

What subjects will I study?

The mandatory units are:

  • Information Technology Systems

  • Creating Systems to Manage Information

  • Using Social Media in Business

  • Programming

  • IT Project Management

  • Cyber Security and Incident Management

  • IT Service Delivery

The optional units are:

  • Data Modelling

  • Website Development

  • Computer Games Development

  • IT Technical Support and Management

  • Digital 2D and 3D Graphics

  • Digital Animation and Effects

Will I need a DBS check for this course?


How can I find out more about the course?

If you apply for this course, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you will be given more detailed information about the course and when you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have.

Will I need any specialist uniform and/or kit?

No, just wear comfortable clothes.

When will I get a timetable?

You will be given your timetable during Induction, in September.

Useful links

A quick guide to course fees

Student Awards (Grants)

Free School Meals


International Applications

Student Emergency Fund

What happens once I have applied?

We will send you an email to let you know we have received your application. If you are new to the course area you have applied for, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment ISA along with all other applicants to the course.

Please note: applicants are invited to ISAs depending on the date the application was received (there is limited capacity for each ISA so you may not be invited to the same one as other applicants who have applied for the same course). You will receive your invitation via email, to the email address you used when setting up your UCM Learner Portal.

Popular Courses

Sometimes we get a high volume of applications for particular courses. If your first choice course is popular, we’ll let you know and ask if you would like us to process your second choice course as well. This doesn’t mean you won’t be considered for your first choice it just provides you with a back-up plan.

International/UK Applicants

If you are an international/UK applicant someone from UCM will contact you remotely. It is essential that you have uploaded copies of your results/ certificates and relevant translations of grades/ certificates. Please note, if you are an international applicant and your application is received later than the end of May (i.e. three months before the start of the academic year) we will not be able to process it as the immigration processes would exceed the timescale required to start in September.

What do I need to know about Information Sharing Appointments (ISAs)?

Do I have to attend an ISA?

If you are invited to an ISA, you must attend!

What happens if I can’t attend the ISA I’m invited to?

Please let us know and we will make sure you are invited to an ISA on a different date.

What happens if I don’t attend an ISA?

If you fail to attend two ISAs without letting us know why, we will assume you don’t want us to continue with your application.

How long will the ISA take?

The ISA will start at 4:30 pm.

(If parents/carers bring you to the ISA, they can wait in the College’s refectory; there are vending machines available.)

What can I expect at the ISA?

Meet your tutor, learn about the course and ask any questions you might have.

What should I wear?

Wear something comfortable.

What will I need to bring?

Please bring your School record of achievement.

Who do I contact if I have mobility or additional educational needs that I would like to discuss before the ISA?

Please email applications@ucm.ac.im

What happens once I’ve attended an ISA?

We will contact you within 5 working days of the ISA to either:

  • make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);

  • make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);

  • suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you (if this is the case it is likely we will have discussed this with you during the ISA).

What happens if I get an unconditional offer?

You will be invited in to enrol, which is when you are given your student card. This may happen in the summer, if not you will be enrolled at the start of your course.

What happens if I get a conditional offer?

If you have applied for an FE course, you will need to upload your results to your UCM Learner Portal, once you get them (e.g. GCSE, BTEC). We will then check to see you have got what is needed for the course and, if you have, we will convert your offer to unconditional, which means you definitely have a place on the course. You will be enrolled at the start of your course (that’s when you get your student card).

If you are unlucky and don’t get what you need for the course you applied for, you will be invited in to find out what else is available to you at UCM.

When will I get a timetable?

You will be given your timetable during Induction, in September.

What are my progression and career options?

Progression on to a higher level course.

You can go to work and there will be opportunities for you to carry on your study on a part-time basis. This may be by professional courses or through an Apprenticeship.

How will I be assessed?

To pass the course you need to pass every unit that you are taught. Assessments are mainly assignments set by and marked by your lecturer. There may be exams for certain units, which are normally sat in May\ June. If you have to re-sit an exam there will be a fee that you have to pay.

Entry requirements

Level 3 courses have a basic entry requirement of 4 GCSE’s at grade C and above or a Merit at Level 2.