Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Computing and IT Services - Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

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Course Code: FE0087-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: BTEC Subsidiary and Extended Diploma in IT Level 3 UCAS Tariff: Pass: 16, Merit: 32, Distinction: 48, Distinction*: 56 Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Course aims

This varied and interesting course has been designed closely with industry experts to ensure it delivers the latest skills for a career in the vibrant computing industry, whether in networking, programming, technical support or web development.

We pride ourselves on keeping up to date and providing a sound theoretical and applied perspective to modern computing and IT topics.

You will further develop your programming skills and get hands-on experience in the installation and configuration of software and hardware.

This course also aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop the personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

At the MET, we celebrate ambition and strive to equip our students with the skills necessary for a life and career in the modern world. Our IT suites and quality learning resources provide a fantastic environment to explore course areas and gain the knowledge that employers value. Our links to local and national businesses benefit all students in the exciting sector of business, IT and travel.

Entry requirements

You can start at Level 3 if you have at least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, preferably 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 Pathways course - Level 1 combined Business, IT and Travel & Tourism.

Entry requirements

Course units

  • IT tech support
  • Computer hardware
  • Software design and development
  • Website and games development
  • Networking
  • Systems analysis and design

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

Work experience

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas. 

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's next?

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

70% of students go on to complete the Extended Diploma. Others move on to a Level 3 apprenticeship or enter the world of work.  

Future careers include: 

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