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The Digital Information Technology (IT) Level 3 course consists of 2 separate qualifications over 2 years.

In the first year of study, you will work towards the BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Information Technology. On successful completion of this course, you will progress to the Information Technology BTEC National Diploma Level 3.

This course is designed for you to develop your knowledge in IT such as, data management, cybersecurity, networking, programming and social media in business. It supports the development of essential, specialist skills for careers in information technology.

The course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and prepares learners for a range of higher education and Apprenticeship courses including HND or degree in computing, network engineering, business management, telecom professionals and infrastructure technician etc.

Through tutorial sessions you will be supported to enhance your employability skills, including, project management, teamwork, research, communication and presentation skills alongside your time management.

Waltham Forest College is putting sustainability at the heart of everything that we do, and in this course, you will be made aware of practices that supports pollution prevention, ecosystem management and environmental protection. There will be an emphasis on the use, handling and storage of digital equipment and ensuring businesses use efficient technology systems to reduce their carbon footprint. All course work is digitally submitted and tutors' feedback electronically, reducing the amount of printing and paper being used.

The course is scheduled over 4 days per week and will be a mixture of theory, practical and online lessons.

  • Sector Overview

    In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, IT plays a pivotal role in driving innovation, efficiency, and success across various industries.

    In 2023 the UK tech sector was valued to have a combined market value of $1 trillion, the third country to reach the milestone. This makes the UK, and London in particular, a great place to start your digital career.

    At Waltham Forest College, we offer a comprehensive range of digital information technology courses that provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this dynamic field.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above including maths and English, or Merit in a relevant Level 2 qualification

    You will be required to attend an informal interview which may include completing an assessment based on your prior qualifications.

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    Year 1:

    • Information technology systems
    • Creating systems to manage information
    • Using social media in business
    • Data modelling
    • Website development
    • Programming

    Year 2:

    • IT project management
    • Cyber security and incident management
    • IT service delivery
    • Digital 2D & 3 D graphics
    • Computer games
    • IT technical support and management
    • Enterprise in IT
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Exams
    • Practical tasks
    • Presentations
    • Written reports
    • Group projects
  • Enrichment

    To further enhance your progression, you will actively participate in skills competitions, such as the Big Idea Challenge and Skills London. You will be involved in taking part in trips and visits.

    You will also have access to key employers that will deliver guest lectures to build your industry knowledge and create your future.

  • Work Experience

    You must complete 36 hours (1 week) of external work placement which is an essential part of the programme. Some of the opportunities will include placements with employers such as Ernest & Young, IBM and Computacenter.

  • Progression opportunities

    This course will lead to:

    • Higher education
    • Employment within the IT Sector
    • Apprenticeship in digital
  • Alumni

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.

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