Level 3 National Diploma in Computing (equivalent to 2 A-Levels)


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This qualification is designed to support students who want an in-depth study of the computing sector. This course integrates classroom learning with real-world situations and scenarios to develop practical skills and a theoretical understanding of the IT industry.

Through this course students will study aspects of computer science as well as additional advance skills in;

  • systems analysis and design
  • systems methodology
  • computer programming
  • product development and testing

Students are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Assessment is in the form of 8 units, 6 mandatory units of which 3 are externally assessed and student are given two other optional units to complete. 


Computing is highly regarded by top universities and is an excellent foundation for a Computing university course such as:

  • BSc (Hons) in Business Studies and Computing 
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Forensics and Security 
  • BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing 
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering. 

Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers. Other related qualifications may include;

  • Computer Science/Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Engineering
  • Computer Game Development
  • Creative Computing (with Gaming/Animation)
  • Networking and Security
  • Computer Forensics
  • Interactive Media
  • Web Technologies
  • Mobile Computing

An alternate progression route is an Apprenticeship. There are a wide variety of Apprenticeships relevant to this course, such as:

  • IT Support Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Developer
  • Tester
  • Service Desk Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • IT Application Specialist
  • Cisco Apprenticeship Programme


  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development. 
  • Decision making and reasoning
  • Attention to detail
  • Team building skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines