Information Technology Level 3 Full-Time

In Brief

Start Date /

The course runs for two years beginning in September. You will study over four or five days with lessons between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

Entry requirements
  • Five GCSEs at grades 4/C or above, including English Language and maths.
  • A good personal reference.
You will achieve

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology.


Last updated: 11th April 2019

Course overview

Information Technology (IT) is an exciting and fast-moving field of study. This course builds on the Foundation Diploma in IT that is studied in Year One and includes exciting and up to date content, allowing you to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the IT Sector.

The units are designed to give you an insight into the varied careers in computing and IT, helping you to identify areas of interest and your future specialism for progression to Higher Education, apprenticeships or employment.

Course content

The Extended Diploma consists of variety of units completed over two years and includes a wide range of IT topics. Units are designed to give you an insight into the varied careers in computing and IT, helping you to identify areas of interest and your future specialism.

The learning programme blends technical and academic skills that are valued by Higher Education (HE) institutions and the workplace. You will take part in coursework, online learning, presentations, demonstrations and practical work.

Subjects studied include:

  • Information technology systems
  • Creating systems to manage data
  • Mobile apps development
  • IT project management
  • Computer networking
  • Computer Systems
  • Mobile Technology
  • Games Design
  • Product Development
  • Cloud Technology
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Enterprise Computing

Your programme will include tutorials, trips, visits and enrichment activities.

Extended diploma course specifications


How will I be assessed?

The course offers a combination of assessment styles that include assignments set and marked by teachers which may include written work, observed practical tasks and projects.

External assessment includes written exams marked by the awarding body. The range of assessments means that you can demonstrate your achievement when supporting HE applications or to a potential employer.

What equipment will I need?

You will need your own:

  • USB memory stick and Headphones
  • Not essential but you can bring and use your Android/Windows tablet or IPad
  • Having access to a computer at home would be useful, however access to computers is available outside lessons in our learning curve

Where will I study?

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

What can I do next?

Having a BTEC Level 3 Qualification in IT can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. This course is ideal if you wish to progress onto HE within an IT related area such as Digital Technology, Creative Technology and Business Information Systems.

Future careers may include:

  • Digital Technician
  • Application Data Technician
  • Software Developer/Tester
  • Applications Developer
  • Security Professional
  • IT Project Management
  • Big Data Analyst




How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Advanced Learner Loans

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



Contact the Information Unit

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

English and Maths

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.


Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Information Technology Level 3 Full-Time