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IT Technician - Level 3


On successful completion of the course students will be awarded the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma in IT (IT Infrastructure Technician).

The IT infrastructure technician qualification is for learners ages 16-years-old or over who prefer to study IT in a context that allows them to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the IT sector.

This qualification is not just about being able to use computers. Employers have stated that they need people who are able to help them develop their systems or the systems for their customers and use IT as a tool. Therefore, this qualification is designed to give you a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the context of applied IT, providing you with the opportunity to enter an apprenticeship, move directly into employment, or progress to a related Higher Education (HE) course.

Learners could progress onto a the Extended Diploma (year 2) Digital Technician or Level 4 apprenticeship such as network engineer or into employment in the IT sector in areas such as technical support.

Typical job roles within this pathway include; IT technical support, database administrator, field technician or network technician.

You will take the designated mandatory units for this pathway including computer networks, which will give you the practical ability to plan, implement and maintain computer networks building the key skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to job roles in this field.

Further units will draw on the knowledge acquired from the mandatory units and will further enhance your knowledge, skills and understanding with respect to the selection of hardware and software to meet the needs of clients. You will be able to build, upgrade or develop computer systems and networks, taking into consideration the requirements of the stakeholders.

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Entry requirements

  • A minimum of four GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C), including English, maths and science or equivalent.
  • For those progressing from a Level 2 programme, a relevant Level 2 diploma with a 'merit' profile (including distinction in key units) and proven ability in English and maths. Ideally this will be GCSE English and maths with at least 4 points (grade C).

All applicants will complete a pre-interview task and attend a formal interview. Applicants must also provide their most recent school or college report.

You will be given access to all the software and hardware that you will need to complete this course, however we do suggest that you purchase a box file and several plastic document wallets to help you store and present your work. A data stick- although not essential is also recommended.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20201 yr(s)4918A1403FREEFREE* to £3345.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

One year course. Successful completion of this programme can lead on to the Extended Diploma for a second year.


How will I be assessed?

This is a course that mixes theory and hands-on activities and will provide you with the building blocks to be successful in your chosen career. The course is assessed using a variety of written course work, videos, observations and presentations.

There are two written exams which will take place in January.

What does the course lead to?

Typical job roles within this pathway include; IT technical support, database administrator, field technician or network technician. 

What will I study?

  • Computer networks
  • IT technical support
  • Fundamentals of IT
  • Global information
  • Project management
  • Product development
  • Mobile technology
  • Internet of Everything
  • Cyber Security

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

This course is designed to aid progression onto the Extended Diploma (year two) Digital Technician, Level 4 apprenticeships or into employment.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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