Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT and Software Development

Your Unique Experience

Learn how to use industry standard software such as Office, Adobe Creative Cloud etc.

Access to programming environments such as Visual Studio, Java and Python.

Access to our new ‘Game Development Suite’ of high specification computers which are loaded with the latest Game Development software and 3D Modelling and animation tools such as Unity, Unreal, Blender and Maya.

Expert teaching staff with a wide range of industrial experience.

Access extensive resources through our VLE.

Regular on-to-one reviews to support your time at Tameside College.

An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) will be designed with you, to meet your needs and targets will be set to enable your progress and achievement.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor and a Progress Tutor who specifically look after your pastoral and progress requirements throughout the course

Course Content

This course offers a very broad selection of content which will equip learners for an extensive range of higher education or employment opportunities. The course comprises eighteen units including compulsory modules in Communication and Employability, Computer Systems, Information Systems and Software Design and Development. In addition you have the opportunity to study in fields such as:

Game Design and Development

Digital Artwork

Game Design and Development



Database Management

Project planning and Systems Analysis.

Many of the units are based around case studies drawn from industry to provide a firm vocational context to your studies.

This course is supported by highly experience staff and dedicated resources such as our new Game Development Studio.

More than just a Course

This is a vocational course where students are assessed via individual and group work, presentations, written assignments, video evidence, mini projects, research, case studies, practical demonstrations and observations.

It is estimated that by the time you complete your studies at college, the UK will be on the brink of a massive skills shortage for people with computing and digital skills. As such you will be in the ideal position to access higher education and new career pathways with a high demand. There was never a better time to get into computing!

During your course you will have the opportunity to go on trips to computing related events such as Insomnia Gaming Convention and Bletchley Park. We are now also working with groups of employers in Greater Manchester to embed work skills and work experience opportunities.

Course Format

Full time - 2 years

Entry Qualifications

The minimum entry requirement is 5 GCSE passes at grade A* - C (including at least one of mathematics or English) or a Merit in BTEC Level 2 qualification in a computing or IT related field.


We actively support learners on their pathway to higher level study. We work closely with our learners through the UCAS process or assisting with applications for apprenticeships or career pathways.

Higher Education, HND in Computing or directly into employment within a range of IT jobs including Web Development, Network Support and Software Development.


For enquiries please contact the College on 0161 908 6789 or web: www.tameside.ac.uk/contact.

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.