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Computing and IT

Computing and IT

Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR3EIG (2021)
  • Who is it for?

    Computing and Information Technology is the basis of modern society. This two year Extended Diploma offers a varied range of units that will suit students wanting to gain computing and IT experience whilst also developing their interest in Computer Games Development. The practical subjects taught on this Extended Diploma will enable you to gain wide-ranging experience for a career in Computing and Video Games Development. Some of the potential careers include: Games Developer; Programmer; Project Manager; 3D Modeller; Website Designer; Software Developer; Quality Assurance Tester; Systems Analyst. This qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, so you can progress onto a computing course in Higher Education (HE), either here at Shrewsbury College or University or you can use your qualification to make the move into employment.

  • Entry Requirements

    You need four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, preferably including Maths and English or a Merit grade Level 2 Diploma.

  • What does the course involve?

    Examples of subjects covered include: Computer Game Design; Developing Computer Games; Computer Game Platforms and Technologies; 3D Modelling; Digital Graphics; Computer Animation; Website Design; Computer Systems; Programming; Software Design; Development and Project Management. Developing your maths and English skills in order to achieve recognised qualifications is also an important objective of the course as are a range of short modules leading to industry recognised certificates, designed to enhance the career prospects of students.

  • How is the course assessed?

    It will be assessed throughout the course through practical activities, project work, some tests and assignments.

  • How much does it cost?

    You are expected to provide a USB pen, hard drive/cloud software to hold your data; folders to hold your lesson notes and portfolio materials.

  • Additional Notes

    At the College there are a number of facilities: An extensive range of modern computer equipment, dedicated teaching laboratories, a well-equipped resource centre, which is available to you outside your normal class times and an on-line learning system that you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection. Should you choose to study smaller sized level 3 BTEC qualification other than the Extended Diploma you may have the option to study an A Level alongside. The options may include Biology, Business, English Language, Maths, PE, Psychology, and Sociology – but please check at your Group Interview. Options should appear when you apply for this course online.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Charlotte Burrage

Charlotte Burrage

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing
Previous Institution: Oldbury Wells School

I have always had an interest in IT development and since studying at SCG that has only grown. I have been inspired when learning about digital graphics and that has decided my future career path. You’ll never get bored with the huge variety of areas that you cover, like business, security and game development.

Charlotte Ruscoe

Charlotte Ruscoe

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing
Previous Institution: Church Stretton School

I came to Shrewsbury Colleges Group because I had friends who spoke very highly of their experiences here. I enjoy the games development and web production and it’s great to turn your own ideas into a reality.

Tejvir Sohi

Tejvir Sohi

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing
Previous Institution: Charlton School

I chose Shrewsbury Colleges Group because the Computing & IT course is practical and I knew it would prepare me for the real world. I have developed my skills and I am now prepared for my Degree Apprenticeship with the technology firm PebblePad.

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Career Options

  • Programmers and software development professionals

    Up to £47,000

  • Web design and development professionals

    Up to £34,000


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