Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology

Who is this course for?

The Level 3 Diploma in IT is a work-related course with strong links to the local IT and Computing industry.


What are the entry requirements for the course?

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or higher, one of these must be either Maths or English Language.


How long is this course?

A two-year full-time course beginning in September and ending in June.


What will I study on this course?

You will complete assignments that will develop the skills and knowledge that lead to IT-related careers or higher education. 

Units you will study:

Information Technology Systems – study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.

Creating Systems to Manage Information – study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.

Using Social Media in Business – explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Learners also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.

Programming – study the underpinning concepts and implications of programming languages to design, develop and test computer programs.

Website Development – investigate website development principles. They will design and develop a website using scripting languages.

Mobile Apps Development – investigate mobile apps and design and develop an application intended for use on mobile devices.

Software Testing – explore a range of testing methodologies used in commercial software development projects and carry out appropriate tests on a piece of code.

IT Project Management – investigate a range of project management principles and methodologies and undertake the management of a ‘live’ or ‘simulated’ IT project from start to finish.

Big Data and Business Analytics – explore how businesses and organisations use data and models to make decisions, develop strategy and improve performance.

Cyber Security and Incident Management – study cyber security threats and vulnerabilities, the methods used to protect systems against threats and how to plan for and manage security incidents.

IT Service Delivery – study the information technology (IT) service requirements of organisations and how to plan a solution for IT service delivery.

Cloud Storage and Collaboration Tools – explore the uses of cloud technologies for storing and distributing data, and apply cloud technologies that aid  collaboration to meet a client’s needs.

The Internet of Things – explore systems and services that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) and develop an IoT system or device using off-the-shelf hardware and programming techniques and constructs.


What Qualification will I gain?

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology.


Will I go out on work experience?

Courses at Highlands College are about preparing you for the world of work. As part of your course, you will learn how to go about presenting yourself to an employer to stand the best chance of getting the job you are looking for. You will spend at least one week in a work placement.


What does this course lead on to?

The final qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels (48 – 168 UCAS points), giving you the skills to either move on to University or go straight into employment.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are valued by employers and lead to career opportunities in Business, such as IT Administration and Support and other IT-related careers (usually in a Trainee position with opportunities for progression).


How much will it cost?

There are no fees for this course.

All students are required to bring their own laptop to participate on the course.


How can I find out more?

For further information, please contact Highlands College Admissions Team on 608582 or email


Additional Information

All 6th form courses are subject to minimum enrolment numbers. Where a course does not meet the required number, it will be reluctantly cancelled for that academic year. Applicants affected will be contacted and offered a transfer to another course if a suitable one is available.

Anyone who has been out of education for longer than 6 months will be invited for interview. Following interview, the application will be referred to a review panel.

International students should contact Jersey immigration on before making an application.