Digital and Computing Technologies — Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

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Course information

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma is an advanced level vocational IT course involving theoretical and practical study in both computer and ICT related topics. It is an exciting course that includes a wide range of units designed to provide an excellent platform for students wishing to either progress towards a course in Higher Education or enter the IT industry.
The qualification provides you with the essential skills and knowledge in preparation for university or employment and covers many specialisms such as a range of programming languages plus hardware & networking whilst providing a solid grounding of essential information & communication technology processes within the context of the business environment.
Course Content:
This two year full time course is designed for students looking for a career as an IT professional. Units are carefully selected to enable you to progress in a way that suits your immediate and future needs. The qualification offers the core content of generic units covering a wide range of IT skills needed in industry whilst specially selected units will support and enhance your progression.
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 computing 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, 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...

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Course ID: 158922

Course Year: 19/20

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

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