Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology

What is the Course About?

Faculty: Digital Enterprise

Department: Computing

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

Days and hours of attendance

You will attend UCM for approximately 16 hours each week. This will be between 9.00 and 4.30.

Specialist uniform and/or kit required

None required

What Happens Next

1. Once you apply online, we will send you an email so you know we have received your application.

2. If you are new to UCM, you will be asked to attend an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you find out more about UCM and the course you've applied for, and we find out more about you.

After your ISA, we will 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);

* place you on a waiting list, if the course is already full (if this is the case, we will also advise you to apply for another course, just in case);

* suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you.

Once you have a place, you will be asked in to enrol in person.

Information Sharing Appointment (ISA)

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What are my progression and career options?

BSc Degrees, UCM runs degrees in Computer Science, Applied Computing and Cybersecurity.

Employment and part-time study (HNC in Computing, HNC in Administration and IT).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by written coursework, practical activities and exams.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs grade A to C or a BTEC level 2 Extended Certificate in ICT at Merit level, preference will be given to students with English and Mathematics at grade C, or equivalent.