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Computing and IT - Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

Course Code: FE0328-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater 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 employer’s value. Our Aviation Centre is purpose-built for practical training and our links to local and national businesses benefit all students in the exciting sector of business, IT and travel.

Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, preferably including English and maths.

If you do not have these grades, you could start on the Level 2 course or, if you don't qualify for that, start at Level 1, which is an introductory course in Business, IT, Travel and Tourism. We have options to suit your level of ability, so don't worry if you don't have the grades - get in touch with us and we can help.

Entry requirements

Course units

  • Computer systems
  • Information systems
  • Web design
  • Business systems
  • Database design
  • Network security
  • Web server scripting
  • Communication and employability skills

Why the MET?

  • Industry-experienced teachers
  • Well-equipped computer labs
  • Wide variety of software
  • Hardware lab with server/networking capabilities
  • Strong ties with industry
  • Assessment
    • Report writing
    • Coursework
    • Practical assignments
    • Short tests

Work experience

Northbrook 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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