Computing, Games and IT

Computing: Networking and Information Systems Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This two year study programme starts in September.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths.
Where applicants do not meet the entry requirements, the tutor may use their discretion based on a good personal reference and/or successful interview.

You will achieve

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT (Networking and System Support)

Course overview

Prepare a new generation of IT managers and shape how people live and work in the future. This course will show you how to create systems and manage information, big data and business analytics. You will also aim to understand how networking fits in to the wider IT industry, work with servers, datacentres and the cloud and the know-how and practical skills to become a creative and resourceful information system and networking professional. Using industry-standard and open-source network management solutions, you will also be able to apply techniques used in networks, get hands on with our industry-standard network laboratories and lay strong foundations for a successful career in Computing.

The course is structured into specialist pathways so that learners choose a route that relates to a career direction. This pathways are, Networking and Systems Support includes additional mandatory units that focus on computer networks and IT technical support


Course content

Course themes:
• Creating systems to manage information
• Big data and business analytics
• Networking and data modelling
• Project management and IT service delivery
• Cyber security
• The internet of things

Course specifications can be found via the link below

Course Specifications


The units are assessed using various assignments and continually assessed. There are no external examinations.

You will require a USB Flash Drive of 8gb along with a folder and paper, pens and pencil. Access to a computer with Internet connection is also required but is available in all classes and in the Learning Curve at College.

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

Upon completion, you could progress onto further qualifications including the BTEC First Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology or an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Computing. Alternatively, you could train to be a Technician.

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.’

Extra information

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

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

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

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 our friendly Information Team.

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

Computing: Networking and Information Systems Level 3 Full-time

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