Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 3 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is designed for anyone who has a passion for IT and is looking to progress onto university or employment to work in the industry.

Information Technology is an exciting and growing field with jobs being created in the region and in the UK to support this growing area. If you are looking to work as a Software Engineer, Software Developer, Website developer, Cyber Security Analyst, Network Engineer, Helpdesk technician or Data Analyst this is the course to develop this knowledge.

Throughout the course students will develop skills in Problem Solving, Communication, Logical thinking, Organisation skills to name a few which will prepare each student to study on further study and for employment.

This course focuses on the key areas which industry requires and allows students to be supported by experienced lecturers and use industry recognised equipment and software to best prepare all students for the next steps of their career.

To be enrolled onto this programme you must have 5 GCSE A* - C or 9-4.

If you have completed a Level 2 at college previously this will also be accepted.

If you have not obtained English or Maths already you will need to discuss this with the tutor at enrolment to enquire if your entry requirements to join this course.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

You will be taught using a range of teaching techniques including lectures, group work, seminars and collaboration to improve your problem solving, thinking techniques and group work skills.

Assessments will take place using assignment briefs and support from tutors. Assignments will be written, practical assessments and presentations which will prepare you for the workplace and higher education study.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Students who do not have English and/or Maths should discuss this with the tutor on enrolment.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Modules on this course will include:
- Communication and employability
- Computer Systems
- Information Systems
- Installing and Upgrading Software
- Website Production
- Communication Technologies
- Human Computer Interaction
- Organisational System Security
- Computer Games Design
- Computer Animation
- Network System Security
- Event Driven Programming

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What’s next?

After completing this course you have the option to progress onto Higher Education, Higher or Degree apprenticeship or Employment.

Students who wish to progress onto Higher Education will be supported to progress onto HNC/HND at Sunderland College and should discuss this with their tutors during the course.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.