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Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C (grade 9 - 4) including English and maths or a relevant Level 2 qualification with a distinction (merit may be considered) and English and maths at Level 2.

Who is the course for

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology is intended as an Applied General qualification. It is designed to be studied over two years and is equivalent in size to three A Levels. It fully meets entry requirements in information technology or related study such as an HNC or HND in Computing, Engineering or Business Management. Also, progression to a degree course in information technology and related areas such as: Digital Technology Solutions, IT Management for Business, Computer Networks Security or Business Computing and Entrepreneurship

Course Content

The qualification carries UCAS tariff points and made up of a range of mandatory and optional units.

Mandatory units

There are seven mandatory units, three internal and four external. Learners must complete and achieve at Pass grade or above for all these units.

  • 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

Optional units

Learners must complete at least six optional units. Actual optional units may be subject to change.

  • Website Development
  • IT Technical Support and Management
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Enterprise in IT
  • Data Modelling
  • The Internet of Things

Study Methods

This course is classroom taught and you will have opportunities to develop your creative skills through instructor led workshops.

How is the course assessed

Each learning aim has Pass and Merit criteria. Each assignment has at least one Distinction criterion. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

Externally-assessed units

The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Information Technology suite are:

  • examinations – all students take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • set tasks – students take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. External assessments are available twice a year.

Internally-assessed units

This means that students will be assessed using assignments that provide the final summative assessment of each unit. A variety of styles will be used to help students develop a broad range of transferable skills including:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate (tools/processes etc.).

Synoptic assessment

Students will apply an understanding of Unit: IT Service Delivery and draw on their learning from across the programme to complete assessment tasks. Students will apply analytical skills that will help prepare them for IT courses in higher education and for employment in technician level job roles and apprenticeships in a variety of related areas.

Where next - Further Studies

The qualification fully meets the requirements for progression to a wide range of programmes in

IT and related areas. These include: HNC or HND in Computing, Engineering or Business Management, BSc in

Business Information and Technology, BSc in Digital Technology Solutions, BSc (Hons) in Computer Games

Technology, BSc (Hons) in Creative Technology, BSc (Hons) in Information Technology Management for

Business, BSc in Computing Forensics or BSc in Computer Networks and Security.

Where next - Job Opportunities

Gain employment in software development, business and industrial applications of computers and user support.

More Information

For further information, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last updated: 9 November 2016.

How to Apply

To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

  • Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
  • Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to:

Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Hayes Campus: Course Starting Mon 04 September 2017

Starts: 04/09/2017

Duration: 1 Year(s)

Where: Hayes Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00