Full Time

Subject Area

Business, Computing and ICT




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


Home / Course / IT National Extended Diploma (Software Development) Level 3

Who is this course for?

If you enjoy creative thinking and developing imaginative solutions to complex problems or wish to progress to further education specialising in web design, software and App development and programming then this course is for you!

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have a standard of literacy and numeracy at Level 2 supported by the equivalent to four GCSEs at grade C or above including English. You will also need to demonstrate excellent IT skills and show a keen interest in software, web, and programming.

What are the key things you'll learn?

You will study 18 units over two years including topics such as:

Communication and employability skills for IT

Computer systems

Software design & development

Event driven programming

Controlling Systems Using IT

Procedural Programming

Systems Analysis and Design

How you will learn

You will be taught using a range of teaching techniques including lectures, web 2.0 tools, group work, quizzes and collaboration via the latest technologies. You will complete projects set with an employer focus and gain valuable experience through realistic working environments.

Where could this course take you?

You could specialise further in your chosen field of IT to a Higher Education degree course or progress to any of the very popular career routes in systems analysis, software development, animation, web authoring or Technical support specialisms.

What costs will you incur?

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.