Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma IT


The Extended Diploma in IT has been designed to provide a broad education as a foundation both for training leading to employment, and for higher education. Students study a wide range of subjects from the technical network and system security units, to how Information Technology is used in a business environment.

Course type

Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma

Course length

Foundation Diploma: one year
Extended Diploma: two years

Required qualifications

Four or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including a grade C in Mathematics or English Language. Students currently taking an intermediate vocational course will need a full Level 2 Extended Certificate with merit in a related subject, a grade C in either English Language or Mathematics.

In some circumstances, improved performance in Functional Skills may be accepted where a GCSE has not yet been achieved.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • the potential of technology
  • multimedia and digital projects
  • creating technology solutions
  • managing technology systems
  • professional development

On the course you will:

  • learn how to use a number of advanced software packages
  • develop and manage websites
  • install computer hardware and software
  • establish and manage local area networks
  • understand that technology is a required tool for everyone’s lives

Method of assessment

Assessment is through internally assessed assignments (58%) and external assessment (42%).

What will I be able to progress to?

On completion, you will have a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment. You will be well equipped to progress to degrees in related subjects such as ICT, Business Information Systems, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, Business Information Technology, e-Business and Information Management.