IT (Software Engineering) - Level 3 (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Computing

Attendance Full-Time


Taking your first step into a new career needs the right blend of technical and academic skills to support you. And we know that employers and Higher Education are looking for highly skilled, job-ready individuals with a strong work ethic.

This programme provides a foundation in all aspects of IT aligned toward Software Engineering with a strong bias towards practical study, mirroring industry practice. The software industry adapts to current needs at an extremely fast pace. Our programmes reflect this and are informed by industry to mirror the skill set required.

13 modules are studied across the two years, studying a broad range of subjects. You will learn how to program mobile applications and games. You will learn how to support and manage IT services and their delivery, identify and resolve business/client problems, manage projects and cover many more related topics in the ever developing world of IT and computing technology.

The qualification is studied over two years and carries UCAS tariff points. It fully meets entry
requirements for progression to a
degree course in information
technology and related areas such as:

Digital Technology Solutions, IT
Management for Business, Software Engineering or Cyber Security.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Trevelyan Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is ideal for those who are looking for training in up-to-date computer skills and want to study selected areas for today's computer industry.

It is also great preparation for a Bachelor or Foundation Degree course, and is equally suitable for those who wish to progress to a career in a computer-based environment.

Qualification Gained

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology

OR, combining with GCSE English or maths:

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Information Technology

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

The National Diploma in IT (Software Engineering) comprises of 8 modules studied over two years.

You will study the following subjects (may be subject to change):

Year 1

  • IT Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Programming
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Website Development

Year 2

  • IT Project Management
  • Cyber Security and Incident Management
  • IT Service Delivery
  • Software Testing
  • Customising & Integrating Applications
  • Internet of Things
  • Big Data & Business Analytics


Students also have the opportunity to study the Extended Project Qualification in Year2.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Assignments
  • Self-directed study
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Tutorials
  • Online reading and research
  • Examinations

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in various ways, including:

  • Observations
  • Group work
  • Written assignment
  • Oral presentations
  • Projects
  • Synoptic Projects
  • Exams

Progression Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies, you could progress to Higher Education either through the Newcastle College Foundation Degree route or with external universities.

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to give you just the start you need and equip you for a career in computing and Information Communication Technologies (ICT).

You will be using our superb computer facilities and have the guidance of staff with a vast working knowledge of computer technology in industry and commerce.

The computers in our IT Centre are equipped with industry-relevant software, ensuring you gain the skills needed to enable you to progress onto further study within Higher Education or into the workplace through Higher Apprenticeships or full time roles..

Entry Requirements

Must have 5 x GCSEs (A*-C or 4-9) including a grade 4 in English and maths

Students who have a minimum of 1 x GCSE grade 3 in English or maths and 1 x GCSE grade 4 in English or maths will study the Level 3 National Diploma in Digital Games Design and Development. This consists of 10 modules studied over two years and allows students to re-sit their GCSE in English or Maths at the same time as the IT qualification.

If you are an overseas student you also need an English Language assessment score of 5 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.