Computing and Digital Technologies | OCR Cambridge Technicals | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0087-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: At least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths. Qualification: OCR Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma/Extended Diploma in IT Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

Computing and digital skills are essential in almost every industry and business. Our courses have been designed closely with industry experts to ensure we deliver the latest knowledge in areas such as computer hardware, computer networks, cyber security, cloud computing and virtual & augmented reality. 

As you progress through your course, you will develop programming skills and get hands-on experience in the installation and configuration of software and hardware.

  • Industry-experienced teachers 
  • Well-equipped computer labs with Intel i7 PCs with 16GB RAM
  • Wide variety of the latest applications, software and development platforms
  • Access to full administrator rights on a development network
  • Strong ties with industry and work experience opportunities

Year 1 - Introductory Diploma

Year 2 - Extended Diploma

Start dates

September 2023 Apply
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Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths.

If you don't have these grades, we have options for you. You can start on the Level 2 Computing and IT services course, or if you don't qualify for that, we have a Level 1 course, Get Started in Business & Travel.

Entry requirements

Course units

  • Cyber security

  • Cloud Technology

  • Computer networks

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality

  • Enterprise Computing

Why the MET?

All classrooms are equipped with the latest Intel i7 PCs with 16GB RAM with the latest Microsoft applications, development platforms, utilities and software. 

You will use practical equipment and demonstration hardware, and will have full administrator rights on a development network. 

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus. 

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

  • Assessment
    • Report writing
    • Coursework
    • Practical assignments
    • Short tests


  • Latest Intel i7 PCs with 16GB RAM with the latest Microsoft applications, development platforms, utilities and software
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public

What's next?

On successful completion of this Level 3 Diploma, most students progress on to the Level 3 Extended diploma at Brighton MET, before progressing to university level courses.


Future careers

 Future careers include: 

  • Web developer  
  • Network engineer/technician
  • Digital forensic analyst
  • IT Support
  • Software engineer
  • Software developer
  • Games developer
  • Programmer 
  • Systems analyst

Course fees

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Level 3 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. 

More funding options

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Lifetime Skills Guarantee

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee is part of the government's National Skills Fund, designed to help adults to gain the skills they need for employment and to improve their job prospects.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Open events

Register your interest for our next open events taking place in 2023. It's an opportunity to explore our amazing facilities and hear from our expert teaching staff.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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