Computing (IT) National Extended Certificate Level 3





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About the course

This course combines practical and theoretical work and will give you the knowledge and expertise to work in the computing and IT industry. If you wish to carry on with your studies at a higher level you will need to do a second year to gain an 120 Credit Diploma.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include at least English or Maths or equivalent (L2 Functional Skills), a Higher Diploma (which is equivalent to 7 GCSEs at grade A*-C), NVQ 2 or Level 2 Diploma at merit grade with ideally GCSE English and Maths at minimum Grade C or equivalent (L2 Functional Skills).

  • 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above including Maths and English
  • Or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT achieved with a Distinction
  • Or a BTEC Level 2 Certificate achieved with a Merit alongside 3 GCSE passes at grade C or above including Maths and English
What will I do on this course?

You will cover a range of units relating to Computing and IT that are designed to cover both Hardware & Networking and Software & Programming disciplines.

Units undertaken on this course are:

  • Communication and Employability Skills for IT
  • Computer Systems
  • Managing Networks
  • Project Planning with IT
  • Developing Computer Games
  • Controlling Systems Using IT
  • Website Production
Who is it for?

16 to 18 year old students interested in studying Computing and IT.

How Is this course assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course by assignments that you complete based on clear assignment task sheets and grading criteria.If you achieve all of your year one units you will be able to progress onto a second year to complete the full Extended Diploma.

What could I do next?

Progression will be onto the Extended Diploma second year programme or into an Apprenticeship programme.

Additional cost

The course is free to anyone between the age of 16-18 at the start of the programme. If you are 19-23, there may be funding available if you have not completed a Level 3 qualification. Anyone who is not eligible for funding or is over 24, can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan, which will pay for tuition and will be wiped if you enter Higher Education the year after completing your course. More information can be found on our page

There is no formal kit list for consumables, but financial support is available through the learner support fund. Applications can be made through the college's Learner Services team.


The course will require an interview, where you will meet staff and see our facilities. The interview is designed to assess your abilities and judge if the level of learning is right for you. We aim to offer all applicants a place where applicable, and can look at enrolment onto a less demanding qualification for those learners who are between levels 2 & 3.

Please bring with you a report from your school if you have one available. At your interview, you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal progression route and given impartial advice and guidance on how to achieve your goals.

If you cannot attend your interview, you can contact the college to re-arrange. If getting to the college for an interview is not possible, we can arrange a Skype interview.

To find out more, please either call: 0117 312 5000 or email:



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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