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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing (Software & Systems Development)

Are you interested in how artificial intelligence systems are learning to function like the human brain? Or do you want to know more about how complex encryption systems are being developed to ensure that your emails can’t be hacked? Perhaps, you’d like to program a voice-based application that lets people do their banking through their Amazon Echo? If so, this is the course for you.

2 Years
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/grade 9 -4 including Maths & English

Course Info

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing is aimed at learners who are looking to progress into employment in one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy – either directly or following further training such as an Apprenticeship or Higher Education.

The Digital Sector employs 58,000 people in the Yorkshire and Humberside and has grown by over 30% in the last 5 years. It is estimated it will be worth over £2.88 billion. Local cities like Leeds are at the forefront of the digital sector, with companies such as SkyBet and Channel 4 using it as a base. It is also the host of one of the largest digital events in the UK: Leeds Digital Festival.

Throughout the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing course, you will work on projects with local employers such as Lloyds Banking Group and Covéa Insurance. Utilising agile project management, you will be asked to build systems or develop software to a brief set by IT professionals currently working in the industry. As part of a group you will develop a solution to the set problem and then present it to them as you would in the workplace. These industry links will give you the opportunity to experience first-hand what a career in this fast-paced sector can be like.

While an interest in the inner workings of computers is required – and some experience of programming helpful – you don’t need to have studied in this area previously. Through a range of practical and theoretical elements this course will give you the building blocks for a range of careers including software engineer, web developer, systems administrator or security analyst. During the first year you will study core units before selecting either a software or systems pathway to specialise in for your second year.

Modules of study include:

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Computer Networking
  • IT Security & Encryption
  • Software Design & Development
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Website Development
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Systems Analysis and Design


The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure relevance to current industry practice in computing occupational disciplines.

In addition, academics have been consulted on the content development to ensure the qualification supports progression to higher education.

All learners taking this qualification will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course. This could be, for example, through work experience or through being assessed by industry practitioners for relevant units.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

An advanced course suitable for those with at least 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 9 -4 including Maths & English.

You can now study a
t-level in Digital!

1 T Level = 3 A Levels
A direct route to your dream career.