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This course is for students who are excited about technology; whether you have enjoyed Computer Science at GCSE or have never formally studied a technology course before.

The course develops an understanding of the technologies used in business and develops your employability skills to prepare you for a digital career. Potential careers include Cyber Security, Software Development, Games Development, Network Architecture and Database Administration however digital skills are highly valued in almost every sector with a current skills shortage within this area.

You can work towards an Extended Certificate or Extended Diploma:

An Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level with the same UCAS points tariff. This can be studied alongside two other subjects and compliments subjects like Business, Digital Media and Graphic Design.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent of three A Levels, so you will not study additional subjects within your core Study Programme if you choose this option.

Units are assessed by a mix of coursework and external assessment.

You will study a range of technologies and develop some practical IT skills.

Topics include:

  • Information Technology Systems – study the range of systems used in business, including computer hardware and networks
  • Database Management Systems – learn how to model data to meet business needs
  • Social Media
  • Website Development


You will explore a greater range of technologies whilst developing programming skills to code a variety of applications.

Topics include:

  • Programming – an introduction to concepts and languages
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Digital Graphics – including 3D modelling using Blender
  • Customising Applications
  • Cyber Security Incident Management
  • Project Management
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Software Testing
  • IT Service Delivery
  • Games Design
  • Animation
  • Social Media

Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature.

Can I study this course without a GCSE in IT or Computing?

Yes, the course assumes no prior knowledge.

Can I take both Digital, IT and Computing and Computer Science?

Yes, although they share some common topics.  If you are interested in both courses you may want to consider the Extended Diploma course. If you are finding it difficult choosing between the two courses, come and talk to us at open evenings or call us to talk things through.

How is the course assessed?

The majority of the assessment is by internal assignment. There is one exam and three external assessments within the Extended Diploma; the Extended Certificate has the same exam, and one of the external assessments, but only two internal assignments. These are spread across the two years of study so give you a good understanding of what your overall grade will be before you complete the course which is a big advantage when applying for University and careers.

What progression routes are available?

Typically most students will go to University to study a related IT degree; in recent years several have been taken onto sponsored degrees where an employer pays for the degree as well as paying for the job; some go directly into employment where they will continue their learning with professional certificates. You can also speak to our Apprenticeship team about IT Apprenticeships available.

“The vocational Extended Diploma in Digital Technologies has enabled me to develop my interest in this area further. I enjoy the sheer variety of subjects that this course offers including using programming languages such as C# and VB.NET to develop software applications, as well as exploring digital 2D and 3D graphics and Web Development.”

Digital, IT and Computing Vocational Student