IT (Networking and System Support) Diploma - Level 3
This course provides an in depth look at the career of the networking/IT technician. At interview, we will discuss with you your entry qualifications, experience and career goals. This will…
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This course provides an in depth look at the career of the networking/IT technician.
At interview, we will discuss with you your entry qualifications, experience and career goals. This will form the basis of your starting point on the IT (Networking and System Support) Level 3 programme.
The 90 Credit Diploma is a one year programme. However, following successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma and appropriate achievement of other elements of the study programme, you may then be able to progress to a second year of study on the 180 Credit Extended Diploma in Networking and System Support.
On the 90 Credit Diploma you will learn valuable skills in maintaining computer systems, managing networks and implementing network security.
Continuing to the 180 Credit Diploma, you will be able to further develop your skills and understanding of the IT industry.Entry requirements
For the 90 Credit Diploma you will need:
- A minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English and maths or equivalent)
- For those progressing from a Level 2 programme, a relevant Level 2 Diploma with a 'merit' profile and proven ability in English and maths. Ideally this will be GCSE English and maths at grade A*-C or equivalent
For the Extended Diploma you will need:
- A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English and maths)
- For those progressing from a Level 2 programme, a relevant Level 2 Diploma with a 'merit' profile plus GCSE English and maths at grade A*-C
You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.
Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview at which we will discuss all relevant experience, your portfolio of work and career goals.Start dates and fees
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.
The table below shows you when the course starts. You may be charged a fee for your course depending on your age and circumstances. If you are aged 24 or over and studying a qualifying Level 3, 4 or 5 course you may be able to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the costs.Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions 16-1819-2324+ Sep 20161 yr(s)4709A1263Free£400.00*£3060.00* | Loan infoApply online
*Course fees shown are for guidance only and are the fees charged for courses running this year. Fees for courses starting in September 2016 will be confirmed in spring 2016.How long is the course?
The 90 Credit Diploma is a one year course and the 180 Credit Diploma is a two year course.
After successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma study programme, and following appropriate advice and guidance, you may continue your study for a further year in order to achieve the full Extended Diploma (180 Credit).Location
- Derby Road
You will be assessed primarily through course work and practical work. This is a course that mixes theory and hands-on activities and will provide you with the building blocks to be successful in your chosen career.Success rates
This course, along with our other Extended Diploma, has success rates well over the national benchmark rate.What does the course lead to?
The 90 Credit and 180 Credit Diplomas are nationally recognised qualifications. The 180 Credit Diploma at Level 3 is equivalent to three A Levels and will support an application to Higher Education as well as developing many of the wider skills required for progression to employment in related areas of work.What will I study?
Core units underpin your knowledge and support employability. Specialist units such as troubleshooting and repair, network security and network management will enable you to experience and develop a wide range of skills that are needed in this challenging and evolving industry.Study programmes
It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.What can I go on to study?
- Following successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma study programme you may be able to progress to the 180 Credit Diploma.
- Following successful completion of the 180 Credit Diploma you could progress to University-level qualifications such as a degree or HND in related area, or you could go on to further training or employment.
You can apply via the website or by completing a college application form in the back of the prospectus.Apply online
IT (Networking and System Support) Diploma - Level 3