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Course Code: NAB

Level: 3
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: BTEC, Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

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About the course

Do you want a job in IT or computing? If you know you want to work with computers but you are unsure about exactly which area to focus on, this BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Information Technology could be the right choice for you. In the first year, you’ll gain a basic understanding of all areas of computing such as programming, maintaining computer systems, communications and network technology. In the second year, you will choose whether to focus on either hardware, software, or networking. The diploma part of this course allows you to hone your skills in your specific subject before progressing into higher education or employment with ease.

What you'll learn

The subsidiary diploma includes the following subject areas:

  • programming
  • maintaining computer systems
  • communications and network technology

The extended diploma consists of a wide range of subject areas (dependent upon your subject focus), including:

  • network management
  • software development
  • system support

There is also a opportunity to complete functional skills in English and maths at level 2.The subsidiary diploma is an introduction to all aspects of computing. On successful completion you may continue to the extended diploma where you will focus your learning on either software development or system support and networking. In the second year you will develop skills and abilities which are directly related to your chosen career path.This course utilises software provided by Lucidchart.Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education
Entry requirements

In our experience in order to be successful on this level of course you will need one of the following:

  • four to five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) (including English and maths)
  • an intermediate GNVQ in a related subject
  • a BTEC first diploma in a related subject
  • an NVQ Level 2/technical certificate in a related subject
  • successful completion of an Apprenticeship course
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience

A variety of assessment methods are used, including time constrained assessments, assignments, case studies, observations and projects. There are exams for functional skills.

What's next?

On successful completion of the extended diploma you may progress to:

  • the Foundation Degree in Software Development at the College
  • a variety of level 4/5 computing degrees
  • employment as, for example, an IT technician, a web designer, a network technician, a help desk support assistant, an application developer, a database designer, a systems analyst or a basic project planner

You can see how this course fits within our other courses by looking at our “Course Progression Map”.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: NAB

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £3000

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.