Information Technology (with Programming, Games Development & Cyber Security) - Level 3 Extended Diploma

No need to apply to start this course September 2017. Enrol now.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CN703D-Y1
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Full time

This intensive Level 3 course is designed for those who want to concentrate their learning in the area of IT, specialising in software design, web design and programming. Alongside academic studies, learners have the opportunity to visit Universities, take part in World Skills competitions and go on trips in the UK and abroad.

Students that are successful in enrolling to the CAREER ACADEMY will have, alongside their BTEC Extended Diploma, access to guru lectures, mentoring by employee volunteers, six weeks paid internship, visits and seminars.  There is also the opportunity to visit a European organisation to study their business system. 

What will I study?

Learners will study 18 units over 2 years. In the first year learners will study general units to give a broader understanding of the IT sector, such as:

  • Computer Systems,
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Database Skills
  • Website Production and Management
  • Web Animation for Interactive Media
  • IT Essentials (CompTIA A+).


Learners have the opportunity to undertake a specialist route in their second year. Units covered can include Project Management, Systems Analysis and Design, Computer Game Platforms & Technologies, Digital Graphics for Interactive Media, 2D Animation Production and Web Server Side Scripting.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Applicants over 21 are welcome and may not need the above qualifications.

How will I be assessed?

100% coursework assessment. During the course learners are set assignments that will be graded and an overall grade for the qualification awarded. Learners are encouraged to use e-learning to support and extend their learning in their private study time.

What can I do next?

Once you have completed your Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. A triple distrinction in your Extended Diploma gives the same level of UCAS Tariff points as 3 As at A-Level. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation. Particular courses students progress on to include: Computing Foundation Degree FdSc. Following your foundation degree you are able to progress on to a Top Up Year which means you can a BSc (Hons) qualification, validated by Lancaster University, in three years in total. Computing students move into exciting and varied careers. You may find yourself working as an App Developer, website developer or protecting and maintaining an organisation's IT systems. You may also be interested in progressing on to Graphic Design Foundation Degree FdA - this will enable you to build on the design elements of the Interactive Media and Software Extended Diploma. 



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You will study in St Pauls Computing Centre where there is twelve dedicated computing rooms, and a gaming room, each equipped with eighteen PCs running Windows 7, Office 2010 and a range of software including Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, Visual C++ 2010 and a wide range of specialised software. We have Microsoft and CISCO Academy accreditation and industry trained tutors. You will also benefit from free wireless access throughout the building and a library and resource centre providing in excess of 60 computers and 45,000 books.

Enrichment & Employability

Our computing and IT courses teach the skills and knowledge that will prepare you for University or a career in an IT or computing role. We can develop your knowledge of digital technologies and whether you want to be a computer games developer, IT manager or technician, these courses could be for you.

Our students take part in a variety of trips including The Photographic Museum to see the professional uses of computer animation techniques and video production.

If you are studying or progress on to a level 3 course you can apply to join the IT Career Academy. You will be able to carry out a 6 week paid internship with a local employer and have an industry mentor for the duration of your course. Taking part in this academy will also gain you extra UCAS points.

In 2015 two Blackburn College IT/Computing students competed in the regional IT World Skills Competition and won their place in the national finals in Birmingham.

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