Information Technology

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology (IT)

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology (IT)

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology (IT) provides you with an advanced level of understanding of the IT industry and the key functions required of someone wishing to take their career into this varied industry. IT is a very exciting and fast-moving subject, offering a variety of career opportunities. This course will teach you many new skills, as well as enhancing those you currently possess, whilst offering you the opportunity to acquire specific skills in line with your chosen career path as an IT Practitioner or Technician.

Information Technology sector is changing at an extremely rapid rate. There is a need to develop the IT practitioners of tomorrow, who will be able to fill the interesting, demanding and highly-paid specialist posts that will be available within a broad spectrum of organisations. Information Technology Level 3 Diploma is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology (IT)

This course provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for students wishing to enter a career as an IT practitioner or technician in the area of business systems, user support, networking and software development and may provide progression to higher education in Computing, Networking or IT Systems.

This Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology (IT) course is very practical with plenty of opportunities to implement the theory that you learn. It is mainly course-work based, which, means that you have a very clear understanding of your progress throughout the course, to help you plan and achieve your next steps. Taught by subject specialists, with commercial experience, the main elements of the course cover hardware, networking, programming, graphics and web development.

Course Length: 3 – 6 months;

Start dates:  January April, July, September;

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology (IT)

Course Structure

  • Communication and Employability Skills for IT
  • Computer Systems
  • Communication Technologies
  • IT Systems Troubleshooting and Repair
  • Procedural Programming
  • Client Side Customisation of Web Pages
  • Developing Computer Games
  • Website Production
  • Digital Graphics

* The units can vary, depending on the optional modules which your institution will choose for the course structure.

You will complete course work assignments – covering both your theory and practical knowledge – during your course. There are no formal examinations. You could achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction on this course.

Candidates can progress to higher education programs including Computing, IT, Networking and Security. Alternatively the qualification may enable students to gain entry to a variety of careers in industry.

This qualification is designed to support learners who want a strong core study of computer science to enable progression to roles in the computing industry.

Examples of jobs opportunities for a Level 3 Diploma in IT graduate:

  • Help Desk Operator
  • Software Developer
  • System support Technician / Engineer
  • IT architecture and security
  • Equipment Wirer and Assembler
  • Field Operations
  • Mobile Switching Engineer
  • Network Management
  • Network Planning
  • Radio Repair Technician
  • Satellite Communications
  • Systems Production
  • Applicants must be 19+, motivated to study with a clear intention to progress to a higher education course;
  • There are flexible qualification requirements for admission, but all applicants will be interviewed during the admissions process.
  • Applicants will need to take a diagnostic assessment of literacy (unless already qualified to Level 2 in English and Maths)


You can choose to fund this course yourself. The Tuition Fee of the course will vary depending on the institution you wish to study in, as well as your status in the UK. Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.

Government Founds – Student Finance England    

If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite Stay, you can receive support from the government via 19+Advanced Learning Loan to cover tuition fees costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. These loans help learners aged 19 and over, to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England.

You can get a tuition fee loan to cover your full course fees. You only start to pay back your student loan after you finish studying and are earning over £21,000 a year.