Computing National Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2023


The Computing National Diploma Level 3 will be studied over two years. During your first year you will enrol on and study the Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Computing. This is a standalone one-year qualification. Upon successful completion of the first year, you can then progress and enrol to study the Level 3 National Diploma in Computing, which is equivalent to two A levels.

You will study with highly motivated and supportive team in our new DTLA building with full access to our computer suites. This course will provide you with skills to be able to progress into a range of computing related careers or continue to Foundation HE programmes.

What will I do?

During your first year you will study the Level 3 Computing Extended Certificate that will provide a comprehensive yet broad understanding of Computing. The structure of the programme provides an innovative and creative curriculum covering the core subject areas within IT.

Units to be studied during the first year include:

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Website development

In the second year you will study the Computing National Diploma Level 3 covering units that include:

  • Business Applications of Social Media Human-computer Interaction
  • Planning and Management of Computing Projects
  • The impact of Computing
  • Computer Networking/ Object Orientated Programming

You will also cover Robotics Fundamentals as part of this course.

The academic year is divided into two semesters and students will be expected to complete at least 3 units each semester.

In addition to your course, you may also study either GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade. Guest speakers and trips are run throughout the course.

The entry requirements for the Level 3 Computing National Diploma are Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (old grade C or above) including maths or English. OR with a Merit profile in a Level 2 qualification.

The Level 3 Computing National Diploma will take you two years to complete. You will attend College for 3-4 days a week, plus independent study.

The Computing National Diploma is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: £5421.
Year 1, National Extended Certificate in Computing - £2583.
Year 2, National Diploma in Computing - £2838.

If you are aged 19 and are applying for this course as part of the Career Reboot Programme, the course will be FREE*. For more information on the Career Reboot Programme and *eligibility guidelines, please visit our Career Reboot Programme page.

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

Please note, to provide you with the most flexibility your studies will consist of two separate years, each enrolled onto separately. Therefore, if you are aged 19+ before starting either year of the full qualification you will be required to pay course fees.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

Three units are exam based with the remaining being assessed via coursework, presentation, practical application. Units are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The Computing National Diploma is highly valued by employers and can lead to careers in the Computing sector as trainee programmers, systems analysts, web designers and network and IT technicians.

The National Diploma is also a recognised route on to higher apprenticeships or HNC/HND courses in Computing.

Additional costs include the purchase of pens, paper, educational visits, course specific materials and pay for non-educational visits etc

How to Apply.

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Creating an account is easy, just click ‘Apply for this course’ below.

If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

You can download our course guide