BTEC National Extended Diploma in Information Technology

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Exam Board: Edexcel

2 years

Equivalent to: 3 A Levels

Course Content:

At Alton College on the BTEC National Extended Diploma in IT you will study:

  • 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
  • Computer Games Development
  • Software Testing
  • Digital 2d and 3d Graphics
  • Digital Animation and Effects
  • Data Modelling
  • Customising and Integrating Applications

IT is now embedded in our society and is a vital part of industries as diverse as entertainment, banking and manufacturing  and Leisure. The growth in IT services, networking and data management is a key feature in global economies and the IT job market remains strong. If you are interested in a career in IT or a related field then this two year programme will give you a good understanding across a broad range of IT specialisms.


External and Internal Assessment 

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons will take place in our specialist IT centre and will comprise a mix of theoretical and practical sessions. A selection of assignments and homework tasks will be set to cover the unit content. The assignments may be practical, research based or theoretical and may be linked to a period of work experience.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. 

Course costs:

None – online course textbook is available.

National Extended Diploma in IT allows for progression after Alton College to degree courses in:

Information Technology and Technology Solutions
IT Management for Business
Computer Networks Security
Business Computing
Forensic Computing
Network Technologies

Students also progress to ICT related Apprenticeships or straight into employment in a variety ICT industries.