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IT (Software Development)

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Computing is a two-year programme which is equivalent to three A-Levels. It is aimed at people wanting to study Computing at an advanced level.

You will develop skills across a broad range of areas such as computational thinking, software development, computer architecture, project planning, IT security, relational database development, the impact of social media, digital graphics, animation and website development.


This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years. The two-year course is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*) or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction).


The course will look to explore aspects of computing such as the ethical issues linked to self-driving cars, the rules related to interface design, the stages of a software development lifecycle, as well as learning a variety of new programming languages and skills, such as Photoshop.


On this course, you will take part in lively discussions about new technology and use technology such as the 3D printer, iPads and the graphics tablets. The department organises talks from employers and universities, for example, Pixel Junction has visited to explain how to work to a client brief, and we visited Teeside University to learn more about Progressive Web Applications.


All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these essential qualifications at a level suited to them.


Assessment on the course is in a variety of forms, including externally set supervised assessments and on-screen examination, as well as portfolio-based assignment work.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

Many students progress onto the College’s Foundation Degree in Computing or a university programme. There is a vast range of possible Higher Education routes including programming, games design and business IT. Some learners prefer to gain employment in the IT industries in programming, networking or web design areas.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs or equivalents at grades A*-C or above, including Maths and English at grade 4 or above. You should also demonstrate a keen interest in IT developments and evidence of projects which you have coded.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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