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IT & Computing

The Extended Diploma makes up the second year of the National Foundation Diploma in IT. If you have completed your L3 Diploma are keen and have an interest in pursuing a career in Software Development Programming Website Development Social Media Games Design or Cyber Security - or you have a passion for IT and computing then why not make the next step and join us on the Extended Diploma in Information Technology. This exciting and innovative course will help you to develop a range of modern computing and IT skills you need - From developing systems to manage information in business creating innovative websites programs and mobile apps to producing your very own computer games. This course enables you to develop the skills and experience needed to start the career of your dreams. You will work with a range of industry standard programs and development languages to achieve your goals including; Visual Basic HTML CSS JavaScript C/C++ and Java and platforms such as Android Studio for App development Microsoft Visual Studios for programming and many more we also have fantastic links with industry partners including Cisco Systems and local employers. You will develop practical skills and a theoretical understanding of the world of IT. By the time you have completed the course you will have a good knowledge of the wide world of digital technologies and a practical skill set that will prepare you for the next stage in your IT career. So if you want to kick start your career in "tech" come and join our Foundation Diploma in Information Technology.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    • GCSEs A*-C / or Grade 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs) One of the above must be in English Language or maths. Or - Relevant Level 3 Diploma qualification with Merit or above Or - Relevant industry experience to Level 3 or above If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade 4 (that's the old Grade C) or above in Maths and/or English you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in these subjects. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.

    Assessment Method

    You will be assessed via both internally set projects and external examinations and you will be awarded a PASS MERIT or DISTICTION based on the results of these assessments. You will also be assessed in a variety of ways - presentations role plays and time-limited exercises.

    Aims of the course

    This qualification is designed to support learners who want a strong core study of computer science with a focus on Software Development Programming Website Development Social Media Games Design or Cyber Security to enable progression to roles in the computing industry apprenticeship or progression to higher education.

    Progression Opportunities

    Upon successful completion of the second year of this course you will be able to progress to a specialised university degree course or to an Information Technology apprenticeship or job. Examples of possible degree paths are: - BSc (Hons) in Information Management for Business - FdSC in Business Computing - BA (Hons) in Creative Digital Media - BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems - FdSC in Business Computing with Networking - Bsc (Hon) in Cyber Security


    We have a wide range of computer rooms and labs with industry standard hardware and software where you will learn a range of skills.

    Career Options

    Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to progress to a university degree level computing course. If you do not wish to go to higher education you will be able to pursue an Information Technology apprenticeship or job.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 35 weeks
Start Date 05/09/2022
End Date 23/06/2023
Course Code 3ITAP9S0


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 3,301
24+ £3,301
International £9,000

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AJ Haseley

AJ Haseley

AJ studied IT at Lewisham College a number of years ago and went on to study for a degree in Business, also studying small business management administration, fashion business, management and advanced media.

Nowman Islam & Showrov Abul

Nowman Islam & Showrov Abul

"Software Engineering is a challenging degree course but if you have the right foundation of knowledge and a passion for the subject, it’s a great choice as it focuses on the technology of the future."

Awal Khan

Awal Khan

"The teachers and staff were always warm, welcoming and inspirational. I received a lot of technical support and benefited from great resources, and I gained skills in IT, numeracy and communications. The College’s encouragement led me to get the highest grade in my Level 1 course, which is something I never thought I could achieve."

Mamadou Jalloh

Mamadou Jalloh

Mamadou has the makings of a very good Degree Student. His level of commitment, motivation and study skills are in place. He is an extremely pleasant and hardworking individual and would be an asset to any organisation.

Jack Jackson

Jack Jackson

"The College is great: all the teachers and staff give you the space to figure things out on your own, but they are also there if you’re ever in trouble. It’s a really nice environment to work and study in – a mixture of independence and reliance."

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