Level 3 Foundation Diploma IT (Computing)

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 3
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Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This course will help prepare you with the specific skills required, by employers, to work in this diverse sector.

You will be prepared for a wide range of careers and higher education courses to get a head start in this fast moving and innovative industry.
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Techy tea party

Students were invited to help Cestria Community Housing residents use technology and gadgets.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach

IT students learnt more about the IT systems in place at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.


This qualification is designed to support learners who wish to study computing as a one-year, full-time course, or for those wishing to take it alongside another area of complementary or contrasting study, as part of a two-year, full-time study programme.


  • Information Technology Systems: You will study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information: You will study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.
  • Social Media in Business: You will explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. You will also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.
  • Programming: You will study the underpinning concepts and implications of programming languages to design, develop and test computer programs.
  • Data Modelling: You will study how data modelling can be used to solve problems. You will design and implement a data model to meet client requirements.
  • Website Development: You will investigate website development principles. You will design and develop a website using scripting languages.
  • Computer Games Development: You will investigate the computer games industry and its impact on technological and social trends. You will design and develop a computer game to meet requirements.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will have access to a wide variety of resources and course related materials on our online learning system (Schoology). Your study programme will include preparation for employment and an expectation to complete relevant work experience and independent study.

This study programme is equivalent in size to 1.5 A-Levels. You will cover six units, four of which are mandatory and two are external. Mandatory content (76%). External assessment (41%).

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

We hold a key industrial link with Karbon Housing (part of the Isos Group). We have worked closely with them on many projects over the years, including student placements and technical support events for people in the local community. Students have partnered with Karbon Housing whilst completing their Online Owls and Techy Tea Party projects.

Other links include:
  • British Telecom
  • Durham County Council
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Business Durham
  • Geek Talent
  • Leighton Group
  • British Airways
  • Sage.


You will be required to complete a work placement for each academic year of study. This placement should involve the use of IT e.g. website maintenance, stock management systems or technical support. Wherever possible, we ask you to try and source a meaningful placement, however, if this is not possible, we do have opportunities sourced through the College. You will be expected to proactively engage with applying for a placement as they become available. All of our placement opportunities will be posted to your online learning system (Schoology).

You could progress to FdSc Applied Business Computing or FdSc Computing with Networking at New College Durham.

Meet our students

Kalon Robson (L3 Computing)

Kalon Robson

Kalon progressed to study BSc (Hons) Cyber Security & Networking at Northumbria University.

Joseph Rowell

Joseph Rowell

Joseph said New College Durham was a fantastic experience.  He is now working at Consett and District YMCA as a teaching assistant and website professional.

What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

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Additional Costs

We ask all students to contribute £30 to trips and visits - this is payable in September.

We also recommend the two texts below which are developed by the examining body:
  • Revise BTEC National Computing Revision Workbook, Publisher: Pearson, ISBN: 9781292150192.
  • Revise BTEC National Computing Revision Guide, Publisher: Pearson, Author: Mark Fishpool, Christine Gate, Steve Farrell,Richard McGill, ISBN: 9781292150208.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited in the College for an interview where you will be given details of the programmes available and you will meet some of the curriculum team and have the opportunity to see the classrooms in which you will study.

You will be asked a series of questions so we can find out more about you and your career aspirations. Your parent/guardian is welcome to attend the interview with you.

Further Education

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Entry Criteria

You will hold five GCSEs at grade A*-C (or equivalent), including English and maths, or a Level 2 qualification in IT at Distinction.