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Computing BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma Level 3

Course Overview

Are you interested in developing your information technology skills by using a more practical approach? Do you want to learn more about websites, computer programs, digital graphics, digital communication and solving technical IT problems? This course offers the opportunity to develop these practical skills in Information Technology that will help you enhance your learning for future progression.

What topics are covered?

The BTEC National Level 3 in IT Practitioners is a suite of courses which offer learners a wide range of opportunities to learn and experience different aspects of the IT industry. The suite is made up of BTEC National Award, Certificate and/or Diploma.


During this course, you will study a range of IT and computing-related units, including:


  • Developing computer games
  • Web design
  • Computer systems
  • Managing networks
  • Computer networks
  • Communication technologies
  • IT technical support
  • IT systems troubleshooting and repair
  • Software design and development
  • Information systems
  • Event driven programming
  • Systems analysis and design


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English and Maths, or a full Level 2 qualification at Merit grade with English and Maths at an appropriate level and a recommendation from your tutor.

What qualifications will I gain?

Depending on the number of credits you gain, the final qualification will be one of the following:


  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in IT (Networking and System Support or Software Development)
  • Certificate (30 credits – equivalent to one AS-level)
  • Subsidiary Diploma (60 credits – equivalent to one A-level)
  • Diploma (120 credits – equivalent to two A-levels)
  • Extended Diploma (180 credits – equivalent to three A-levels)

How will I learn?

You will be given a wide range of opportunities to learn and experience different aspects of the IT industry through classroom education as well as hands-on experience.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed using a set of work-related, real-life assignments and practical issues throughout the course. There are no exams, but you must meet deadlines set for each assignment.

What can I do after this course?

This qualification is well respected by industry professionals and can lead to employment or apprenticeships in a range of cutting edge jobs in computing, industrial and commercial sectors.


Alternatively, you can progress onto higher education such as Foundation Degree or even a full Honours Degree in Computing or related subjects.

Are there any additional costs?

The IT equipment required for the course is provided by the College. However, it would be an advantage if you have a PC at home for independent study so you can meet the deadlines. You will be required to purchase the relevant text book for the course.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

The College has excellent IT facilities, including modern IT suites and free wireless internet access around the campus.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

We continue to establish links with local employers in the IT sector and our students have a strong record of success.

Which department is this course in?


Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus or the Reception in the Cam Building at Somer Valley Campus, depending upon where you have chosen to do this course.

What else do I need to know?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.

1 review for Computing BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma Level 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    I met up Daisy and her team in December 2014 to discuss the possibilities to work with some of their students as I required a website for my part-time business. I was aware that the students would be learning how to design a professional website and so asked any learners would be willing to develop the project. In January 2015. I met with a team of four students to discuss with them and guide them what I wanted the design to be. The website project proceeded well and during the time I had several meetings with their tutor to see the progress, discuss the changes. I am very happy the work that Jack and Matt undertook and the final of the website. My website is live!
    I would recommend this course to any learner as they would enhance their communication, written and design skills. A very good job by all.

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