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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Advanced Technical Award Level 3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology FT-B

Level 3
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Further Education
Banbridge Campus


The Advanced Tech Award is the gold standard in Level 3 vocational education and training and will equip you with the skills and qualifications necessary to embark on a career in IT or alternatively progress to higher education and apprenticeships including degree level apprenticeships.


Applicants must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course and have recently been in education to key stage 4 (completion of compulsory education).

Applicants should normally hold the following:
a)    15 points or greater at GCSE, consisting of at least 4 GCSEs at Grade C, or equivalent; OR
b)    BTEC Level 2 First Diploma or equivalent at Pass or above with an overall profile equating to 15 points; OR
c)    NVQ Level 2 (in relevant subject area); OR
d)    Leaving Certificate – a profile equivalent to 12 points (of which 3 subjects must be achieved at Grade C3 or better at Ordinary Level) pre-2017. From 2017 onwards, or entry in 2018, 3 subjects must be achieved at 04 or better at Ordinary Level.

The College will review the qualifications and/or experience held by applicants and will consider whether this profile shows an ability to progress towards a level 3 qualification. 

Please note: In certain circumstances the College may reduce this requirement if it is deemed that the candidate has demonstrated the commitment, understanding and knowledge of the subject.

It is essential that applicants have GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above.  It is desirable that applicants have GCSE English Grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification.

Attendance at Pre-Entry Advice Sessions (individual or group interviews) is advisable in the selection of candidates in all courses. 


  • Information Technology Systems.
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information.
  • Using Social Media in Business.
  • Data modelling.
  • Internet of Things.
  • Mobile Apps Development.
  • Programming.
  • IT Project Management.
  • Cyber Security & Incident Management.
  • IT Tech Support and Management.
  • Big Data and Business Analytics.
  • Website Development.

In addition to the main Extended Diploma you will have the opportunity to undertake

  • Project Based Learning.
  • Transversal and digital skills relevant for employment.
  • Work placement with a local employer.
  • Additional qualifications deemed necessary for work within a sector e.g. Microsoft Technology Associate in Programming using Python.


2 Years


This course  will include a combination of exams, coursework, industry project work and practical assessments.



On completion of this course you may progress to a related HND/foundation degree or degree course. You may also progress to a wide range of employment opportunities in manufacturing, electronics, mechanical or production engineering.


All full-time courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the Apply Now button (top right in the blue box) to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Newry Campus

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Portadown Campus

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Banbridge Campus

Dorothy McCracken

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Armagh Campus

Rachel McCann

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028 3025 9686 



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