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DIGITAL, IT AND COMPUTING

LEVEL 3: VOCATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE OR EXTENDED DIPLOMA
EXAMINING BOARD: PEARSON EDEXCEL

The course will develop your understanding of the technologies used in business and build your employability skills to prepare you for a digital career.

You can select to study either an Extended Certificate or Extended Diploma:

The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and when combined with other suitable subjects would enable progression into careers or higher education courses that require IT knowledge and skills.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and carries the same UCAS points tariff, so you will not study additional subjects within your core Study Programme.

 

Extended Certificate

Topics include:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business

Extended Diploma

Topics include:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Cyber Security and Incident Management
  • Computer Games Development
  • Programming
  • Digital Animation and Effects
  • Website Design
  • Project Management
  • Digital 2D & 3D Graphics

 

 

 

 

You will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above

Extended Certificate: You complete four units in total. There is one externally assessed exam, one externally assessed assessment and two internally assessed units.

Extended Diploma: You complete 13 units in total. There is one externally assessed exam, three externally assessed assessments and nine internally assessed units.

Upon completion of an Extended Certificate you will be skilled in website design, database management and decision making software. Whether or not you decide to pursue higher education or a career in IT, these skills will make you desirable in a variety of roles when paired with other subjects.

Extended Diploma students typically follow one of three pathways. You may go on to university to study subjects like Cyber Security, Practical Computing, Games, Data Analysis, Software Development or Web Design. Alternatively, you can do a sponsored degree by applying for a Higher Apprenticeship in areas such as Data Analysis or Software Development. Or you may choose to go direct into employment in roles such as a Web Designer, Software Developer, First Line Support Worker or Cyber Security Operative. 

 

ARE VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS EASIER THAN A LEVELS?

No, they are assessed differently to A Levels so may suit some learners better but the subject knowledge you acquire will be at the same level.

ARE VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AS VALUABLE AS A LEVELS?

Yes, they are well regarded by universities and employers alike. They have an equal UCAS points tariff and some of the best universities highly value the practical skills that our students bring.

There is a great deal of rigour applied in the course and skills which are essential in both employment and university are developed during the units and external assessments. Our students often let us know how well skilled they found themselves from the range of work in the course when they reached the next steps in their progression. 

 

 

 

“I found the assignments a really great way to showcase what I’d learnt and demonstrate my skills, whilst also strengthening them.”

“I found the teaching fun and helpful, having a teacher that was experienced in the course meant we had useful and specific teaching and tips.”

“When starting the course, I did not know what I wanted to do after College however now I have decided to join the RAF in Cyber communications as the skills I’ve learned like problem solving are well suited in this career.”

“I have been able to apply for Degree Apprenticeships which will increase my knowledge in computing even further.”