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Digital and Computing Technologies — Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

Course information

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma is an advanced and industry related Digital and Computing course, involving practical and professional skills development. This course mirrors local and national needs and demands as Creative and Digital skills shortages are increasing. You will have the opportunity to work with employers such as Siemens, Laing O'Rourke and the NHS for live projects across the duration of your course, gaining expert advice.

This 2 year course is fast-paced and provides an excellent platform for students wishing to progress to Higher Education or enter the Digital industry. You will have the opportunity to complete industry specific work experience with a local employer, fully supported by the course team.

What will I learn?
Software Engineering
Cyber Security
Artificial Intelligence
Data Analysis
Programming (multiple languages)

This course is based at our £2.5 million Digital Academy, the Academy is equipped with the very latest technology and resources.

Course Content:
This two year full time course is designed for students looking for a career as an IT/Digital expert. Units are carefully selected to enable you to progress in a way that suits your immediate and future needs.
Specialist advice and guidance will be available at the end of year one to help you with university choices or to assist you in selecting the best route into employment. The final qualification is equivalent to three A Levels worth up to 168 UCAS points under the new UCAS tariff table and is well regarded by Higher Education institutions for progression.
This course is Advanced Learning Loan eligible, which can fully cover the course fees.


Year 1
BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Information Technology (9 units and equates to 1.5 A levels)
Year 2
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology (18 units and equates to 3 A levels)

Maths and / or English GCSE or Functional Skills

This course leads to...

On completion of the course most students will go on to do a Digital related degree in Higher Education. Some may go on to further training and/or training whilst in employment.

Please note that for some university courses you may need GCSE English and/or Maths and Science at grade C or above. You must check this with the universities you may wish to apply to.

Entry Requirements

In order to be accepted on the course you will need at least 5 relevant GCSEs A*-C / 4-9, including English Language and Maths or a Distinction in a relevant Level 2 such as a BTEC Diploma with English and Maths level 2 equivalencies.

(For English and Maths a grade 5 or above under the new grading scheme is required).

You must also demonstrate a keen commitment to study, be able to take responsibility for your own behaviour and learning and equip yourself with the necessary resources to enable you to successfully achieve this demanding yet rewarding qualification.

Progression onto year two will be subject to passing all unit work set in year one (personal issues and challenges will be taken into consideration). Your progress, attendance, punctuality and any disciplinary status will be monitored and reviewed in order to assess suitability for progression.

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Further Information...

Need more information or can’t find the course you’re looking for? We can book you in to speak with our dedicated Advice & Guidance team about your options at The City of Liverpool College. With hundreds of courses and flexible learning, we’re sure to have something to meet your needs.

You can contact us online via or call us at any point on 0151 252 3000 with any queries you may have – we’re here to help.


Course ID: 163594

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 5238.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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