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OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

This course focuses on exploring the interactive ways in which people engage with their digital media and looks at the vast amount of opportunities within the industry, especially as it continues to grow and develop. This course could lead to career opportunities in computing, graphics, web design, gaming design, animation roles and much more, it all depends on the individual talents and specialist area as to which route learners progress to.

Overview of the course: 

This course has been developed to follow current digital industry requirements and match the proposed government changes to the national curriculum in ICT. Developments such as iPads, BlackBerrys, Apps, social media and online gaming are now a part of everyday life. The career opportunities in this market are growing massively. Applications and packages studied include Adobe Creative Suite 5, Photoshop, Dreamweaver & Flash, DVD software and use of Office Suite. The course will include guest speakers, trips, work experience activities as well as the individual projects you will work on to achieve the units.

Entry requirements: 

Applicants require at least five GCSEs at grade 4-5 or above (or equivalents), including English and Maths. A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT (with Merits or Distinctions) will also be considered.


The range of topics you will study include: DVD Menu Design, animation, digital graphics, website development, understanding the interactive media industry, working freelance, pre-production techniques, communication skills, research techniques, computer game story development, computer game design, working to a brief, project management and critical approaches to interactive media. Units are subject to change so they cover the two year course.

How is the course assessed?: 

The course is assessed by projects and assignments based on your units, this could be by presentations, voice recordings, reports, video evidence, blogs plus other methods of assessment.

Further study options after this course: 

Progression opportunities include University to study a higher level qualification, employment in the industry and the possibility of apprenticeships depending on the subject area.

Length of the course: 

1 Year Full Time Daytime - In year one, students will study for the Subsidiary Diploma. If they achieve a minimum of a merit grade in all units, they may progress to the Extended Diploma in year two.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £3162.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 3 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 3 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

Please note, this is a 2 year course fees are payable in year 1 and year 2.

If you are required to pay for this course yourself monthly payment plans are available, please speak to Student Services for more details.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (22 Jun 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

Other comments by students on this course are;

‘I’m starting a degree at the University of University in September to study Games and App Development. This course has given me the knowledge and skills in Creative Media and provided me with options for my future’ - Jordan Plant 2014

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