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Computing and IT

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Mode of study Vocational Full Time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 2 September 2019
Course code FLR3ITP (1921)
  • 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 in order to progress into employment or onto Higher Education. The practical subjects taught on this Extended Diploma will enable you to gain wide-ranging experience for a career in Computing and IT. Some of the potential careers include: Networking & Systems Support; Programmer; Project Manager; Games Developer; Website Designer; Software Developer; IT Consultant & Systems Analyst. The 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 at University or you can use your qualification to make the move into employment.

  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, preferably including English and Maths.

  • What does the course involve

    Examples of subjects covered include: Computer Systems, IT Technical Support, Programming, Computer Networks, Website Design, Web Server Scripting, Robotics and Control, Digital Graphics and Animation, Systems Analysis and Design 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.

    Obtain practical experience by participating in the running of a company called FixIT. This provides a repair service to employees of the College.

    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 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.

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