Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology

This 1-year programme is equivalent to 1 A Level. This useful and popular Information Technology course has a practical focus and will prepare you for employment in the IT industry or for further study.

Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10471
Campus: Bangor, Lisburn
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Computing/Software Engineering/Networking
Course Overview

This 1-year programme is equivalent to 1 A Level.

This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a higher education course.

This course contains 2 externally assessed modules, 1 of which must be completed within 1 week, this will require attendance for a third night during the assessment period.


 Units studied include:

  • Information Technology Systems                
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information                
  • Using Social Media in Business                
  • Website Development

 You want to pursue a career in the IT industry in roles such as an ICT Support Technician or Web Developer.

How to design websites, create IT systems to manage and share data as well as understand the importance of using social media within a business environment.


The practical focus of this course and the industry standard computer suites.


Successful completion attaining a merit will lead to further study on our part time Higher National Certificate programme.


4 GCSEs grade C or above, to include Maths and English or equivalence.

An interview is required before enrolling on the course and there will be a short entry test on the day of enrolment to ensure that you are ready for the course.


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