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Computer Science and IT (Advanced) - Level 3


This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over who want to pursue a career in various digital roles.

Ideal for anyone who prefers to study and be assessed in a way that is practical and relevant to the IT sector, this course offers great opportunities to be hands-on and develop a broad understanding which can support careers in key areas such as data and automation, digital marketing, games production, networking and IT, and software and web development. 

This qualification is designed to give you a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the context of applied IT, providing you with excellent progression opportunities.

On successful completion of Year 1 you will achieve a Foundation Diploma equivalent to 1.5 A Levels.

On successful completion of Year 2 you will ‘top up’ to an Extended Diploma giving you a qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels.

This course provides a progression route to university and generates UCAS points.

Pathways include:

Data science and automation

  • Digital marketing
  • Games design and development
  • Networking and IT maintenance
  • Software and website development.

Start dates and fees

This course is available free of charge to anyone meeting the eligibility criteria for the Lifetime Skills Guarantee programme.

You will be given access to all the software and hardware that you will need to complete this course, however we do suggest that you purchase a box file and several plastic document wallets to help you store and present your work.

A data stick, although not essential, is also recommended.

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20231492A1406FREEFREE* to £2583.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

  • Cloud computing
  • Cyber security
  • Project management
  • Internet of Things (IoT).

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs with at least grade 4, including English, maths and preferably science.
  • For those progressing from a Level 2 course, a relevant Level 2 Diploma with a Merit grade and proven ability in English language and maths (ideally GCSEs at grade 4).

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1-2 years.

How will I be assessed?

This is a course that mixes theory with hands-on activities and will provide you with the building blocks to be successful in your chosen career. The course is assessed using a variety of written course work, videos, observations and presentations.

There are two external written exams.

What does the course lead to?

Possible career progression routes may include:

  • Software and Website Development
  • Games Design and Development
  • Networking and IT Maintenance
  • Data Science and Automation
  • Digital Marketing

What can I progress onto?


How do I apply?

Apply online

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