Information Technology

Applied - Extended Diploma

Information Technology is all around us and the knowledge gained in studying this subject underpins a huge range of careers and sectors. Our IT courses support all level of ambition. Whether you are looking to gain foundation skills that will support you in a range of roles, or you want to work in the industry as a specialist, this is a course that will support any future career you have in mind.

This course is an Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels) and so is a full time course, however you can opt to study Applied Information Technology in a number of other ways too. Please see the links below to find out more:

Extended Certificate in Information Technology (1 A Level equivalent)

Diploma in Information Technology (2 A Level equivalent)

Specific requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen Pathway.

Your learning experience

This is a full time course and therefore suited to those who are keen to pursue a career within the industry. In this 3 A Level equivalent course, you will explore the subject of Information Technology extensively, and will finish your time at HNC with a comprehensive knowledge of IT systems and how they impact our lives. This useful course will see you explore a range of topics, including:

• IT systems, including management of these and their uses in personal and professional situations

• Website development in HTML, CSS and JS

• Personal and business finance

• Recruitment and selection

• Creating systems to manage information

• Using social media in business, and how technology can support business success

• IT project management

• Cyber security and incident management

• Programming

• Designing, developing and testing software

• 2D and 3D graphics

• IT service delivery

• Games development

• Software testing

• The internet

• Data modelling, including how it can be used to solve problems. You’ll put your skills to the test by designing and implementing a data model based on a brief

An enriching experience

Studying Applied Information Technology at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our Applied Information Technology students enjoy include:

• Work placements, including to international destinations and the chance to work in overseas locations

• Events such as our IMPACT day, where you will pitch ideas in a Dragon Den style event

• Team building trips, growing your confidence and skills in areas that employers are looking for

• Undertaking your Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications, helping you to stand out from the crowd and gain additional qualifications

Through your experience of practical activities and academic theory you will develop your self-confidence and communication skills. Inside the classroom you’ll enjoy a variety of learning methods, including group work, role play and presentations, which will develop your work-based skills such as teamwork and communication – all of which are essential in the world of work.

Enlightening opportunities

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. These will stretch and challenge you to develop the required skills you’ll need to achieve the life- changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.

Our subject specialists are not only experts within their fields who will support you to build on key academic and employability skills; they’ll also work with you to instil a passion for your studies, helping you to develop a life-long love of learning.

Our modern spacious classrooms provide a great place to learn. You’ll have access to industry standard software that will prepare you for a career in Information Technology and its related fields. Our subject teachers are passionate about their subject, and you’ll be able to explore the application of IT in a real-life context in a wide variety of ways, from working on live briefs to hearing from Alumni and high-profile guest speakers.

We are particularly proud of our industry links which enable you to apply your skills in a real-life context and make connections with industry specialists.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment is via presentations, group work and assignments and externally assessed exams.

Where does it lead?

This course supports you to pursue a range of diverse career paths – there are not really any professions that do not benefit from you being able to use IT. From those working in Finance benefitting from understanding spreadsheets to Graphic Designers working with the Adobe suite, Information Technology really does underpin a wide range of careers. This course will help you to gain skills valued by the majority of employers, and these qualifications support progression to university and to industry. Popular degree pathways for students who complete this course include:

• Business

• Software Development

• Cyber Security

• Data Science

• IT Management

• Games Design

• Computer Systems

• Web Design

Perfect pairings

Please note, this course is an Extended Diploma. This means it is a full time study programme and therefore is not available to study alongside any other subject. If you would like to study Applied Information Technology as part of a wider study programme, this course is also available as:

• A Certificate (1 A Level equivalent)
• A Diploma (2 A Level equivalent)


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Good to Know
The topics you study will prepare you for a varied range of roles and degree level courses. As well as your programme of study you will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures, and undertake additional qualifications such as the Microsoft Office Specialist. These experiences all help you.
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