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Computing and IT Services | BTEC Subsidiary and Extended Diploma in IT | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0087-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Qualification: BTEC Subsidiary and Extended Diploma in IT Level 3 Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

This course has been designed closely with industry experts to ensure we deliver the latest knowledge in computer hardware, technology systems, games development and customising software.

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

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

You will also have full administrator rights on a development network.


Start dates

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Please note: Applications for courses starting in September 2020 will be processed in late October 2019.

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who 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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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, IT and Travel & Tourism.

Entry requirements

Course units

  • 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

Facilities

  • 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
Facilities

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.


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 costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying.

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.


Course costs
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Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

IT specialist manager

Typical Tasks:

  • Plans, coordinates and manages the organisation.
  • Liaises with users, senior staff and internal/external clients to clarify IT requirements and development needs.
  • Takes responsibility for managing the development of a specialist aspect of IT provision such as user support, network operations, service delivery or quality control.
  • Supervises the technical team and coordinates training.
  • Plans and monitors work and maintenance schedules to ensure agreed service levels are achieved.
  • Reports on IT activities to senior management.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £29,133

AVERAGE £49,842

POTENTIAL £77,688

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Speaking
  • Science

IT project or programme manager

Typical Tasks:

  • Works with client or senior management to establish and clarify the aims, objectives and requirements of the IT project or programme.
  • Plans the stages of the project or programme, reviews actions and amends plans as necessary.
  • Coordinates and supervises the activities of the project/programme team.
  • Manages third party contributions to the programme or project.
  • Monitors progress including project/programme budget, timescale and quality.
  • Coordinates and oversees implementation of the project or programme.
  • Reports on project or programme to senior management and/or client.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £26,930

AVERAGE £43,836

POTENTIAL £66,203

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Mathematics
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Science

IT business analyst, architect or systems designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with internal/external clients in order to analyse business procedure, clarify clients.
  • Undertakes feasibility studies for major IT developments incorporating costs and benefits, and presents proposals to clients.
  • Communicates the impact of emerging technologies to clients and advises upon the potential introduction of such technology.
  • Provides advice and assistance in the procurement, provision, delivery, installation, maintenance and use of IT systems and their environments.
  • Examines existing business models and flows of data and designs functional specifications and test plans for new systems in order to meet clients.
  • Researches, analyses, evaluates and monitors network infrastructure and performance.
  • Orks closely with clients to implement new systems.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £28,431

AVERAGE £48,185

POTENTIAL £77,435

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Speaking
  • Science

Programmer or software development professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs.
  • Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions.
  • Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications.
  • Develops user interfaces.
  • Tests and corrects software programs.
  • Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development).
  • Implements and evaluates the software.
  • Plans and maintains database structures.
  • Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 3.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £25,097

AVERAGE £42,842

POTENTIAL £66,222

Desired Skills:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Science
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