Business & Computing

IT - Level 3

Start Date: 3rd September 2018
Course Code: C00708 FLF1A

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymena (Farm Lodge)


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 3rd September 2018
End date: 7th June 2019
Information Event: Y

Successful students automatically progress to the second year of the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

Course Content

This course is ideally suited for those students seeking a career in Computing and IT industries whether that be in Hardware, Software Development, Networking, Web Development.  Some examples of units include:

  • Computer Systems
  • Games Development
  • Software Design & Development
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Website Production
  • Computer Animation
  • Digital Graphics

If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade C or above in Maths and/or English you will be required to complete the relevant Essential Skills qualification.  This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.

Course Aims

To provide students with a nationally recognised qualification in the fields of Computing which meets the needs of employees and employers.

Special Features

Students will have the opportunity to apply for the Career Ready programme which offers students a direct route into employment by enhancing their employability. Students are provided with business led IT worksite visits, seminars, guru lectures, practice interviews and CV development. Participating students (after selection) will be expected to undertake a six week paid summer internship and will be assigned a mentor from industry who will meet and support them throughout their course.

This course is supported by e-learning using the college VLE. Students gain a wide range of computing experience with theory combined with practical workshops to enhance the student learning experience

To facilitate students learning in their own time, students are entitled to free Microsoft software for use at home via our Microsoft Imagine programme. This includes Software Development, Web Development and the latest Microsoft Operating Systems including Windows 10.

This programme offers students two different routes in year 2 with an opportunity to specialise in Software Engineering or Creative Design. This will widen the opportunities available to students.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by continuous assessment based on a range of assignments and projects across all modules.

Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs grade C or above (Maths and English desirable), or Level 2 BTEC Diploma with Merit Grades will be required. In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to enhance the entry criteria.

Successful completion of this course will enable students to access a variety of higher level courses such as Honour Degrees, Foundation Degrees or HND/Cs in Information Technology, Computers Science, Software Engineering and Business Information Technology (BIT). Alternatively the qualification may enable students to gain entry to a variety of careers in industry.

Examples of Colleges/Universities that past students have progressed to include: Northern Regional College, Ulster University (Coleraine, Jordanstown & Magee Campuses), Bradford University, Dundee University and University of Caledonia.

Ballymena (Farm Lodge)
Farm Lodge Buildings
BT43 7DF
028 2565 2871


Katrina Martin and Laura Falls

This course is also available in other NRC campuses:

Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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