IT Level 3

Level 3

Qualification CTEC Level 3 Introductory Diploma in IT

Duration 2 years

What will I study?

The course will give you the opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge of IT, covering key issues such as hardware, software, security, networks, the internet, and many more. You will also develop a wide range of skills by carrying out a variety of practical activities. These transferrable skills could put you in a strong position in any place of work but, for those with ambitions directly related to IT, the course can lead you into further study of IT or computing at university, an apprenticeship working within the IT industry or even directly into employment in the IT industry. The college has strong links with local employers and apprenticeship providers so is regularly sent opportunities suitable for IT students on completion of their courses.

All students will study the same 2 mandatory units in the first year. In the second year you will study 3 units. In the second year we will choose 2 of the units but we offer you a choice of final unit to give you skills that are more suited to your next step or other courses. This is what is referred to as your pathway.

For students who have shown good independent working skills there is the possibility to swap one of the other second year units for a personal choice to suit their pathway ambitions.
Discussions will take place during the later stages of the first year regarding which options students might want to take.

Year 1
Fundamentals of IT
Global Information

Year 2
Product Development
Internet of Everything

Year 2 Pathway options (you will choose one of):
IT Infrastructure Technician – Computer Networks unit option
Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner – Virtual and Augmented Reality unit option
Application Developer – Application Design unit option
Data Analyst – Data Analysis and Design unit option

Study Visits

Visiting speakers from local universities such as Sheffield Hallam University/Sheffield University. Opportunity for visits to local universities.

Work Placement

There will also be the opportunity to undertake a work placement in order to gain hands on experience of working in an IT-related role.


2 examinations in year 1
3 coursework units in year 2

Entry Criteria

5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 in 4 different subjects including 4 in English and Maths.

Useful Supporting Courses

Some students combine IT with courses such as Business, Art or Media Studies but it can be studied alongside any other subject as it builds very useful IT skills in its own right.

Students have gone on to careers in / as: ​

IT support, Digital media and Website design.

Culture Vulture

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BTEC IT Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

BTEC IT Flying Start 2021

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

BTEC IT Course Overview