This is an advanced-level computing course involving theoretical and practical study of both computing and IT related topics. It includes a wide range of units designed to provide an excellent platform for students wishing to progress towards a higher education course or start a career in the IT industry.


Meet our students Abi Hull

Abi Hull

I have learnt so many valuable techniques and skills to broaden my creative repertoire during my time on this course. My visual language has been challenged and expanded by the wide range of subjects and projects covered across the board. I have learnt invaluable lessons throughout my time at UCN and I will carry these skills with me throughout my career in the Creative Industries.

HNC in Graphic Design

Meet our students Anna Bayliss

Anna Bayliss

The practical work and the chance to use the computer software in a more in-depth programme was the reason I chose the study at Newbury College. I enjoy being able to be creative in my learning.

Creative Media Level 3

Meet our students Jake Lambourn

Jake Lambourn

I chose Newbury College because it provided me with the right course in the specific area of IT I wanted to pursue. As an apprentice, the on-the-job training allowed me to fully immerse myself in the career I wanted and a work environment which taught me the skills I still use today. Since leaving the College I have worked for various companies around the South East including design agencies, print and digital marketing companies, start-ups and charities. I am delighted to currently be using my skills to support the local community at Apple Print Creative and Design as a Web Developer.

Apprenticeship in IT

Meet our students Thea Clarke

Thea Clarke

In undertaking the HNC Graphic Design course I feel that I have been able to develop both my skills and knowledge to a level which would be required in the commercial environment. It has been a lot of work, but totally worth the end result. I have designed a logo which will be used by Newbury College which was a great opportunity for anyone starting out; I have a client who I am working with to create illustrations for a book; and I am starting to sell my own work commercially. UCN provides a great option to anyone who is interested in going to university but would like the option of staying at home, and paying lower fees.

HNC in Graphic Design

Meet our students Zoe Bulsara

Zoe Bulsara

The HNC in Graphic Design course has given me an excellent understanding of the creative industry, the skills and techniques required including Adobe software ready to take forward with confidence into my career aspiration of becoming an Illustrator. All the lecturers have been very supportive whilst, pushing me to fulfil my full potential.

Creative Media Level 3

  • Description

    The course has been developed to focus on education and training for current and potential IT employment opportunities. Students will build their knowledge of computing fundamentals whilst developing skills in a variety of technical areas such as systems support, analysis and design, software development and testing, and network administration, amongst others.

    The units offered on this course cover a diverse range of topics including but not restricted to:

    • Computer Systems and Information Systems
    • Developing Computer Games
    • Software Design and Development
    • IT Troubleshooting and Repair
    • Programming Languages
    • Website Design and Database Design
    • Networking

    Students also complete a skills project to help build confidence and employability skills. It covers subjects such as equality and safeguarding, which are designed to broaden knowledge of these subjects and help with employment potential.

    This programme runs over two years with learners working on a range of units in each year. These are assessed through controlled assessments, exams and assignments. Students have to pass all units in order to achieve the qualification. The Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A Levels.

  • Entry Requirements

    Five GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade (including GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English).

    Students who have not yet achieved grade 4/C in GCSE Maths and English, will study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.

    Mature students and those with previous experience will be considered on an individual basis. Students who do not meet the entry requirements are encouraged to apply for Information and Creative Technology Level 2 Certificate.

    Students need to have a keen interest in computing, end user applications, IT solutions and programming.

  • Qualification

    BTEC National Extended Diploma in Information Technology

  • Progression

    Students can consider higher education at HNC/D, or degree level programmes. Alternatively students could consider employment in a wide variety of programming, IT solutions, end user or web development opportunities at introductory level or through an apprenticeship.

  • Assessment

    Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments are set on Moodle, Newbury College's online learning environment and will have an agreed submission date. In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.

  • Home Study

    Homework will be set in class and/or via Moodle, Newbury College's online learning platform. Students are expected to allocate approximately six hours a week on research and homework outside of normal class time in order to build up knowledge, confidence and successfully complete the programme. This may be completed at home or in the Learning Resource Centre.

  • Work Placement

    During the course students will be expected to complete some work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    At times students will be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows and these may require additional entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest editions will be recommended.

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.