Computing (Software Development or Networking & Systems Support) Advanced (Level 3)
This study programme will provide you with the knowledge and experience required to start building a career in a range of IT jobs including programming, web design, technical support, and networking. You will acquire a range of IT related skills to equip you for progression to employment or Higher Education. This Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.
I wanted to get into IT and saw software development as a good route in. I chose Bedford College because my partner was enjoying studying there.
I was a mature student, so I was balancing studying with work and bringing up a family. I would often work a night shift, then go into College, then go home and only have a couple of hours sleep before starting work again. It was full on, but worth it. I even managed to gain an Outstanding Achievement Award in IT.
The teachers were amazing and really, really supportive. They would always try to go the extra mile for you. I learnt new skills such as programming languages and networking, all practical experience that you can directly apply to the workplace. I went on to Anglia Ruskin University to study Information Security & Forensic Computing. I got a first in year one, I’m sure as a result of the high standard of teaching I received at the College.
The course was really fantastic, I recommend it if you want to get into IT. You really need to have qualifications to compete with everyone else, even for the most basic of IT roles.
Henry - IT (Software Development or Networking & System Support) Level 3
To begin this study programme you will need...
Duration: 2 Years
- 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths
- Information & Creative Technology BTEC Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills
During this study programme you will complete units in both software development and networking in the second year you will choose which of these areas to specialise in. A range of the following units will be available to study.
- Subject units:
- Communication and employability skills
- Computer systems
- Event-driven programming
- Spreadsheet modelling
- Procedural programming
- Controlling systems using IT
- Website production
Year 2 (software development strand)
- Database design
- Systems analysis and design
- Software design and development
- Client side customisation of web pages
- Web server scripting
- Information systems
- Object oriented programming
- Developing computer games
Year 2 (networking and system support strand)
- IT systems troubleshooting and repair
- Information systems
- Organisational system security
- Managing networks
- Communications technologies
- Computer networks
- IT technical support
- English and maths:
If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
- Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
- Additional vocational learning and qualifications:
- During the programme there will be the opportunity to participate in trips. Over the past few years students have enjoyed trips to Thorpe Park, RAF Duxford and Worldskills in London.
You will be assessed through coursework, assignments and tests. During the study programme you will be expected to work and develop assignments outside timetabled lessons.
IT BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
- English and maths skills
- Work experience
- Personal development skills
- Study skills
- Employability skills
You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.
Further study and career options
On successful completion you can progress on to the IT Networking & Security Foundation Degree, the HNC/HND Computing & Systems Development or a computing-related degree. You can also progress into careers in many IT-related disciplines at technician level or in a technical support role, and progress to professional status in your chosen field. Examples include systems analysis and design, software engineering, computing, computer networking, computer user support and helpdesk technician. This qualification attracts up to 360 UCAS points towards entry to a degree-level course.
There will be an additional charge of £25 to cover the cost of trips. If you are aged 24 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans
All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance
If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.