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ICT Practitioners BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The use of IT is transforming the way we do business, access recreation and enjoy culture. This Level 3 Diploma will prepare you for careers in the specialist IT world, or for moving on to higher education studies. You will learn a mixture of business, technical, interpersonal and project skills needed in modern IT and telecommunications roles.

What do I learn?
This course offers you the opportunity to study a range of subjects including computer systems, software design, computer hardware, information systems, systems analysis, databases, e-commerce, networking, human computer interaction, web development, computer games and computer animation. You also take CISCO professional networking qualifications.
What do I gain?
Year one is spent studying for the Subsidiary Diploma. Successful students will be invited back to study for the Extended Diploma which you will complete in year two of the course.
What do I need?
Five GCSE grades A* - C including English Language and Maths, a Higher Diploma at grade C or above, or Merit grade in a BTEC Diploma with Functional Skills at Level 2. You will be interviewed and must show the maturity and self-motivation to cope with the course and a career in the world of IT.
What do I gain?
On successful completion of the course you can progress directly into employment in the computing industry or onto a relevant degree course such as computer science, networking or multimedia.
What else do I need to know?
The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £6,300 per year.

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5IFSOQD00R Full-time Kings Road, Reading


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Start Date :

Monday 03 September 2018

End Date :

Friday 26 June 2020
2 Years 16 to 18 EU tuition fee:£‎0.00
24+ Loan EU tuition fee:£‎8,583.00
Fee International:£‎6,300.00

Please note – Fees may be subject to change


case study

Former computing student, Natalie Harmsworth, is forging a career in IT thanks to the skills and experience she gained while at Reading College.
After finishing her education, Natalie spent a year working as an IT User Support Technician at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Having returned to the UK, she is now a Graduate Oracle Developer at BUUK - a Cardiff-based utilities company. Find out more. 
Anthony chose this course as he wanted to study part-time alongside his current job. He was keen to undertake the additional Cisco qualification on offer. 
He works for an IT software development company. Read more.
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