Level 3 Technical Diploma Computing for Creative Industries

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
2 years
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £2710 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This innovative sector is continuing to grow and requires very specific skills that are in high demand by employers.

This fast-paced course will help prepare you for a wide range of related careers and higher education courses within the diverse computing industry.
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Techy Tea Party

Techy tea party

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

Blackpool pleasure beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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


This qualification is designed to provide you with a strong core study of computer science, and to enable progression to roles in the computing industry or progression to higher education, with a focus on the computing sector.


Year 1:
  • Principles of Computer Science: This unit covers the principles that underpin all areas of computer science. It will develop your computational-thinking skills and you will apply those skills to solve problems.
  • Planning and Management of Computing Projects: You will study how project planning and management concepts are applied to computing projects.
  • IT Systems Security: You will study IT system security threats and the methods used to protect against them, and undertake activities to protect IT systems from potential security threats.
  • Human Computer Interaction: You will examine the underlying principles of human-computer interaction (HCI) and develop a HCI solution to meet client requirements.

Year 2:
  • Building Computer Systems: You will study how computer systems are used to complete tasks and solve problems. You will design and build a computer system to meet client requirements.
  • Digital Graphics and Animation: You will study the principles, processes and implications of using digital formats to produce and process graphics and animation to meet identified requirements.
  • Website Development: You will investigate website development principles. You will design and develop a website using scripting languages.
  • Relational Database Development: You will examine how databases have developed to become an essential repository of information, and apply your skills to design and develop data storage solutions to meet an identified need.
  • Systems Analysis & Design: You will study the principles of systems analysis and develop the skills to analyse and design a solution to meet an organisation’s needs.
  • Software Development: You study the underpinning concepts and implications of programming languages to design, develop and test computer programs.

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 qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels. You will study 10 units; of which 6 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (67%). External assessment (33%).

Maths and English


Maths & English

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

Industry links:

We have a key industrial link is 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.

Others 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 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).

Meet our students

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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Additional Costs

You will be required to contribute £30 to trips and visits payable in September.

We also recommend the two texts below which are developed by the examining body:

  1. Revise BTEC National Computing Revision Workbook, Publisher: Pearson, ISBN: 9781292150192.
  2. 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 to attend an interview at the College, where you will be given details of the programme 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. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the course. 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 4 or an appropriate BTEC qualification(s) at Level 2.

Ideally, you will hold an English and maths qualification through GCSE or Functional Skills.