NSCG | Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology
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Course overview

This two year course is all about understanding how computers work and developing skills in areas such as using social media in business, Computer Games Development, Cyber Security. You will learn about all key aspects of Computing and IT.

During year 1 you will cover Information Technology Systems, Creating Systems to Manage Information, Using Social Media in Business, Programming, Data Modelling, Website Development, Computer Games Development.

Year 2 will include Project Management, Big Data and Business Data Analysis, Cyber Secuirty and Incident Management, IT Technical Support and Management, Software Testing and IT Service Delivery.

As part of your study programme here at the College alongside your chosen course you will complete a Maths and/or English qualification if you have not already achieved a grade 5 or above. (This will be a GCSE for all students with a grade 4).

The study programme will incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

What else do I need to know?

Historically, external visits have included trips to Eurogamer, Gadget Show Live, Bletchley Park and to local universities. We have a large number of ex-students who visit to talk about their careers since being students on this course.

What are the entry requirements?

Usually four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels.

An IT qualification such as GCSE or OCR National is also desirable. All applicants will be required to attend interview, together with undertaking a test of their current IT knowledge.

How is it assessed?

This course is assessed through a combination of external assessment and coursework activities across both years of the course.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

The majority of students from this course progress to a university based programme such as computer science, software development or business information systems. Some choose to study games programming also. You can also choose to study for a higher education qualification here at the College, or to enter employment, possibly through an apprenticeship.

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