BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma / Extended Diploma in Information Technology


This specialist IT programme provides content and structures that will help you acquire the skills and knowledge needed to work as a professional in the IT sector or progress to further study in the sector. You will undertake the National Foundation Diploma in the first year progressing onto the Extended Diploma in the second year.

The course will introduce you to a wide range of computing disciplines, giving you the opportunity to gain experience, skills and practices in Information Technology, website development, mobile apps development, computer games development and social media for business.

Course Content - What will I learn?

Year 1:
Information Technology Systems
Creating Systems to Manage Information
Using Social Media in Business
Data Modelling
Website Development
Mobile Apps Development and Computer Games Development

Year 2:

Cyber Security and Incident Management
IT Service Delivery
IT Technical Support and Management
Software Testing
The Internet of Things
Cloud Storage and Collaboration Tools

Am I right for the course?

You should have a keen interest in information technology and a career goal to work in the IT industry or progress on to university. You will have a good working knowledge of industry standard application software and computer systems.

The course is a full-time programme, and learners will be 16-19 although under exceptional circumstances other applicants may be eligible to join the programme. If you are over 21 and looking to get on track for your degree, you should consider the Access to Higher Education Computing pathway.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 9 – 4 including maths and English or a full Level 2 with a merit profile and grades 9 – 4 in English & maths.

Assessment is through a combination of internally assessed coursework, set tasks and externally verified written exam papers. You must achieve a minimum of a Pass, Merit or Distinction in all the units/assessments to achieve the qualifications; your overall grade will be determined by the average of all units studied.

If you have progressed from Level 2 without achieving your GCSE at Grade 4/C or above in Maths and/or English you will be required to continue studying and must aim to achieve them in your first year of level 3.

Oaklands College has a team of highly qualified ICT teachers. All are experts in Microsoft software, as well as networking, programming and hardware installation. Most have come from the ICT and business industry and have a wealth of experience to share with you. They are supportive and motivational tutors who will do their best to make your time at Oaklands enjoyable, interesting and an excellent learning experience. You will also receive support in finding employment or a university place of your choosing.

What Next?

If successful, you can progress onto further study at Foundation Degree or Degree level. Some of our previous learners went on to study, IT and Business, Robotics, Computer Science, Software Engineering and Software Systems for Art and Media Degree courses at universities around the country

This course can also lead to employment in a relevant field.

Successful completion of your chosen course could lead onto a higher level course, university or into employment.

Potential careers:

  • Computer Games Designer
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Interactive Media Designer
  • IT Product Developer
  • IT Trainer
  • Network Manager
  • Software Developer/ Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Support Person
  • Web Designer/ Developer

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

In need of more advice?

Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

Experience what the future
has to offer at Oaklands College

Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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