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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS Filton
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: Year 1 90 credit diploma, Year 2 Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 90 credit diploma, Year 2 Extended Diploma
Qualifications: BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma
Code: 117834
Cost: N/A

SGS Filton

Filton Avenue
BS34 7AT

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Course Detail

Level 3 IT

Full time course


This course provides you with an excellent route to enter a career in the IT industry or higher education. With the support of our experienced and committed teaching team, you will gain knowledge of a range of areas, including IT support, troubleshooting and maintenance, networking, programming, web development and graphic design. You will also gain a background understanding of computer and information systems as well as many other practical skills.

What will I study?

  • Developing computer games
  • Communication and employability skills
  • Computer systems
  • Information systems
  • Communication technologies
  • Computer networks
  • IT technical support
  • IT systems troubleshooting and repair
  • Network management
  • Event-driven programming
  • Digital graphics
  • Website production and management
  • Client-side customisation of web pages
  • E-commerce
  • Organisational systems security
  • Database skills
  • IT systems analysis and design

(This is indicative only – units may vary).

Maths and English

Depending on previous qualifications, GCSE resits, and/or Functional Skills in Maths and/or English will be studied alongside your study programme.

Additional qualifications

Cyber Security.


There is a Communications and Employability Skills unit as part of the course.

What do I need to join?

You will require motivation, enthusiasm, self-discipline and the ability to carry out independent study.

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English and maths.

How long is the course?

2 years. First year is the 90 Credit Diploma progressing to the second year Extended Diploma.

How will I learn?

You will learn through lectures, practical classes, by using specialist and industry standard software in the classroom and research by undertaking projects. You will also be able to access course material online via a virtual learning environment. At the time of writing, we expect examinations to be a part of the assessment process alongside coursework assignments. However, the awarding body is updating this qualification, so this may be subject to change.

How will I know how I am doing?

You will receive coursework grades and frequent feedback from your tutors. You will also be able to monitor your progress using detailed online grading sheets.

Are there any extra costs?

There may be fees for the cost of text books, trips, visits and specialist equipment. Typical examples of trips and visits include: team building trips, visits to universities, visits from guest speakers.

What can I do next?

Learners can progress to a university level course, apprenticeship or move directly into employment.

What are my career options?

This is a broad-based course which, will keep your options open. Students can move directly into jobs as IT technicians, junior programmers or web developers. If you progress to university, there are further opportunities to specialise in computer science, forensic computing, cyber security, games development, network management or systems analysis.


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 IT

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: Year 1 90 credit diploma, Year 2 Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 90 credit diploma, Year 2 Extended Diploma
Time(s): tbc
Qualifications: BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma
Code: 117834
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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