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Subsidiary Diploma in IT Level 3

Ashington Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:

EDEXCEL Subsidiary Diploma in IT (QCF) Level 3

Start Date:
11 September

Who is the course for?

This course is for people who are looking to progress into employment in the IT industry or into University.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You should have four GCSEs at Grade C or above including IT or a relevant Level 2 Qualification.

What will I study on the course?

You will study units including advanced spreadsheet and database skills, mobile app development, web design, advanced development skills for software, and games design. Ideal if you want to develop the skills required for employment in the IT sector.

The course is run over three days per week for 35 weeks.

Your progress will be assessed internally through the production of a portfolio of assignment work. You will be advised of your progress throughout the course with individual learning plans and regular personal tutorial sessions.

There will be opportunities available to study other relevant vocational qualifications e.g. ITQ, CISCO.

EDEXCEL Subsidiary Diploma in IT (QCF) Level 3

After completing the course you will be encouraged to stay on after your first year in order to complete the second year of the course. Beyond this, there is opportunity to complete an HND in computing as well as other qualifications such as Microsoft and Cisco courses. Students completing year two may wish to apply for a place at university.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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