Computing with Programming, Games Development & Cyber Security - Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: CD510
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Study mode: Full Time


The Computing and Information Technology with Programming, Games Development & Cyber Security Level 3 Extended Diploma is an intensive 2 year full-time study programme. Designed to offer you support in concentrating your learning within areas of IT, you will be able to specialise in software design, web design and programming. 

Alongside your academic studies, you will have the opportunity to visit Universities, take part in World Skills competitions and go on trips within the UK and abroad. 

If you are successful in enrolling to Blackburn College's Career Academy, you will benefit from listening to expert guest speakers from the professional digital world, mentoring schemes, invaluable six week paid internships and various external visits and seminars. There is also an option to visit a European organisation to study their business systems.

What will I study?

You will study a number of units including:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Programming
  • Data Modelling
  • Website Development
  • Computer Games Development
  • IT Project Management
  • Cyber Security and Incident Management
  • IT Service Delivery
  • Digital 2D and 3D Graphics
  • The Internet of Things
  • Animations

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Maths, or completion of a Level 2 course with merit (plus English Language and Maths).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a coursework portfolio, a 2-hour endpoint exam and 3 units will feature controlled end-of-year assessments.

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?

A triple distinction in your Extended Diploma gives the same level of UCAS Tariff points as 3 As at A-Level.

Once you have completed your Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities and many students progress to the University Centre at Blackburn College, where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation.

Computing students move into exciting and varied careers and you may find yourself working as an App Developer, website developer or protecting and maintaining an organisation's IT systems.

A particular course that students progress on to include:-

Following your foundation degree, you may progress on to a Top Up Year at Blackburn College's University Centre, which means that you can graduate with a BSc (Hons) qualification in three years, validated by Lancaster University.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Software Developer

Software developers design, build and test computer systems that help organisations and equipment to work more effectively. Examples of work include information databases, programs that control robotic systems, and cloud and mobile applications.

If you are keen on computing, can pay close attention to detail and enjoy solving problems, this could be an ideal job for you.

For this career, you'll usually need an HND, foundation degree or degree in computing or a related subject. Some companies will put you through a graduate training scheme even if you don't have an IT-related degree. Either way, you will need to be self-motivated and a quick learner.?


Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Network Engineer

Network engineers, also known as network administrators, install and maintain the computer systems used by companies and organisations.

If you're interested in computers, good at solving problems and like to keep up to date with developments in technology, this could be a great career for you.

In this job you'll need strong IT skills. You'll also need good communication skills, with the ability to explain complex technical things in a clear way.

You can get into this work through a computing apprenticeship, or by taking a course at college or university. You might also get into this career if you already have experience of working in computer maintenance.

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IT Project Manager

IT project managers oversee the planning, development and installation of computer systems to meet their clients’ business needs. They work for all types of organisations from the NHS to government departments.

If you're well organised, good at solving problems and have excellent IT skills, you may find opportunities for a rewarding career in this field.

To get into this job, you'll need experience of working on projects, for example as part of a project support team. Training and qualifications will also help, in particular, PRINCE2 certification.

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IT Support Technician

If you are interested in computers and like solving problems, this could be the perfect job for you. IT support technicians help to find and correct software and hardware problems for computer users.

To become an IT support technician, you will need to have a wide knowledge of operating systems. You’ll also need to know about networking, hardware and software. And you’ll be able to explain problems and solutions clearly to non-technical users.

If you have a good working knowledge of computer systems, you could begin as a trainee technician. You may improve your career prospects by gaining IT qualifications.

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Computer Games Developer

If you love computer games and enjoy using your imagination, this could be ideal for you. Computer games developers produce games for PCs and games consoles. They also produce games for the internet and mobile phones. The work could involve making new games or updating existing titles.

Most computer games developers have a qualification. However employers may be more interested in your software skills and experience.

To become a computer games developer, you will need to have creativity and imagination. You’ll also need to be able to work under pressure and to deadlines.

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Computer Service And Repair Technician

If you are keen on IT and enjoy fixing things, this job could be ideal for you.

You do not need formal qualifications if you have a good enough working knowledge of computer systems and software.

A computer service and repair technician will have good communication skills. They will also have good customer service skills. You’ll also need to be patient and have an organised approach.

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Forensic Computer Analyst

Forensic computer analysts investigate computer-based crime (cyber crime). If you have an enquiring mind, can interpret data and want a career in IT, this specialist role could be ideal for you.

To do this job you should have good problem solving skills, be able to pay close attention to detail and be able to spot trends in large amounts of information.

To work in this job you will usually need some background experience in IT.

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Web Designer

Web designers use their creative and technical skills to build new websites and redesign existing ones. They can work on any online site from a retailer's catalogue to a company's home page.

If you are interested in computers, and want to combine your IT skills with creative ideas, this job could be ideal for you. You'll need to be able to picture how a site will look, understand how it will work and be able to explain that clearly to the client.

You don't always need qualifications to become a web designer but you will need a good level of technical ability. Previous experience in other types of design work may also be helpful.

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Web Developer

Web developers design, build and maintain websites and web applications to meet their client's needs. Jobs can range from creating a staff intranet for an organisation to building a payment system for an online retailer.

If you want a varied job, can find creative ways to solve problems and have good programming skills, this could be the career for you. You'll also need to be a good teamworker, with the ability to meet deadlines.

Most web developers have qualifications and experience in IT. You can join a graduate training scheme after university or start as a junior developer with a company and work your way up.

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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.