IT: Software Development & Design

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

IT: Software Development & Design

Why should I study this course?

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in IT.  You will study the relationship between hardware and software, managing and communicating information and data, and the principles of designing and developing digital technologies and processes to support organisations.  This qualification also includes a choice of optional units, covering areas such as data modelling and analytics, mobile internet technologies, creative technologies and enterprise for IT.

Meet the teaching team: David Hastings  Patrick Leonard  Helen Appleby  Michelle Reveley  Barron Crossland

What will I study?

The units on this course include:

  • Information Technology systems
  • Creating systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Programming
  • Cyber Security and Incident Management
  • IT Service Delivery
  • IT Project Management
  • Data Modelling
  • Website Development
  • Computer Games Development
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Digital 2D and 3D Graphics
  • The Internet of Things


Examination board


How is the course assessed?

Some continual assessment, some assessed with coursework and some with exams (you must pass every unit to pass the course). The units are graded pass, merit and distinction with an overall accumulated grade awarded after 18 units have been completed.

What will the course prepare me for?

Private study

Approximately 12/13 hours per week working on coursework and research.

What materials will I need to provide?

Access to the internet is required as well as basic stationery (pens and paper) and a USB memory stick. You should bring a notebook and pen to all lessons to take notes.

How will I be taught?

Real world scenarios will be used to put you in the world of work. A typical week will involve a mix of taught lessons and workshops to support your studies.

This course is for you if...

You would like a career working with computers and you would like to find out more about how computer games are
designed and developed.

  • Develop your computing skills further
  • Opens entry to a number of further study and career opportunities
  • Gain new communication skills and learn how to apply these in the workplace

Your application starts here

What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A* - C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects, including a minimum of grade 3 in GCSE English.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you choose a course programme that bests suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • Good at organising your time (3 to 4 units running at once)
  • Problem solving skills
  • Descriptive language (verbal and written)