Computing and IT | BTEC National Extended Certificate and Diploma | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0328-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Qualification: BTEC National Extended Certificate and Diploma in IT

Why this course?


This course has been designed 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. You will also have the opportunity to develop the personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Start dates

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Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above, 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. 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

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

What's next?

On successful completion of the Subsidiary Diploma, you can progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma.

You will be ready for a career in computing and IT and, if you have successfully completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma, you can apply for a university-level course.

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

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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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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