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Extended Information Technology (Level 3 Diploma)

Pearson BTEC
Computing & IT

Course Overview

This course is part of the Advanced Technical Award and will provide a broad range of subjects which will prepare you for employment or further/higher study in the areas of general computing. The course is practical and enjoyable. It will allow you to develop your interest in computing, while achieving a qualification equivalent to 3 ‘A’ Levels (Extended Diploma). It is designed to meet the needs of employers (placement opportunity), and opportunity to progress to Foundation Degree courses at NWRC or University. You will learn by completing projects, coursework and timed assignments. Modules include; I T Systems, Creating Systems, Using Social Media in Business, Programming, Data Modelling, Website Development, Mobile Apps Development, Computer Games Development, IT Project Management, Cyber Security and Incident Management, IT Service Delivery, Digital 2D and 3D Graphics. You will also have opportunity for a placement. As part of any job you will have to demonstrate, what are called Transversal Skills, this includes; Problem Solving & Decision Making, Digital Literacy, Work Professionalism, Self Management, Working with Others, Citizenship.
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/Extended Diploma in Information Technology
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/Extended Diploma in Information Technology
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/Extended Diploma in Information Technology
    Campus: Strabane
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St Strabane Strand Road
Two young female students walking and laughing together

Course Modules

  • Social Media in Business
  • Data Modelling
  • Digital Graphics
  • IT Systems
  • Manage Information
  • Web Site Development
  • Mobile App Development
  • Programming
  • Games Development
  • IT Project Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Software Testing
  • IT Services
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Programming
  • IT Project Management
  • Cyber Security and Incident Management
  • IT Service Delivery
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

Level 2 Diploma in Information and Creative Technology and Essential Skill Numeracy & Literacy at Level 2; OR 4 GCSEs (Grade C or above) to include English and Maths.Attendance at an information session is advised but not mandatory.

ROI Requirements

4 OLCs (Grade 05 or above) to include English and Maths OR Leaving Cert Applied – Merit. Attendance at an information session is advised but not mandatory.

Work Placement

You will also be provided with an opportunity to apply for a placement within the programme. This will take place at the end of each academic year, approximately 4 weeks with a suitable employer and give you the skills to work in the real world after your qualification is complete.

What's Next?

Further Study

This course can enable students to progress to the Foundation Degree in Software Engineering or Foundation Degree in Information Technologies delivered at NWRC, subject to entry requirements being met. Past successful students have progressed to degree programmes at Ulster University, Queens - Belfast and other computing related degree programmes.

Career Prospects

Potential careers:•Computer Games Designer•Computer Hardware Engineer•Database Administrator•Interactive Media Designer•IT Product Developer•IT Trainer•Network Manager•Software Developer/ Programmer•Systems Analyst•Technical Support Person•Web Designer/ Developer


  • Image of Suzanne Ramage
    When I finish my Foundation Degree I plan to progress to University and do a Bio-Medical Degree and eventually work in a forensic lab.
    Suzanne Ramage
  • Image of Kyle Scott
    I was so much happier completing a course in something I really enjoyed, rather than studying three A-Levels in subjects that weren't going to benefit me in the future.
    Kyle Scott

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