Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years Level 3 Full-Time Hartlepool Sixth Form Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is designed for anyone who has a passion for IT and is looking to progress onto university or employment to work in the industry.

Computing is an exciting and growing field with jobs being created in the region and in the UK to support this growing area. If you are looking to work as a Software Engineer, Software Developer, Website developer, Cyber Security Analyst, Network Engineer, Helpdesk technician or Data Analyst this is the course to develop this knowledge.

Throughout the course students will develop skills in Problem Solving, Communication, Logical thinking, Organisation skills to name a few which will prepare each student to study on further study and for employment.

This course focuses on the key areas which industry requires and allows students to be supported by experienced lecturers and use industry recognised equipment and software to best prepare all students for the next steps of their career.

This course requires 5 GCSE A* - C or 4-9.

This will be discussed at Interview.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

During this course students will be taught in a range of methods which will include theory lessons and practical lessons to be able to develop the skills which the digital industry requires.

In addition to this students will assessed in a range of methods which will include Exams, Written assessments, practical assessments, Presentations, demonstrations plus more.

By the end of this course students will have a portfolio created which can demonstrate their skills to industry professionals.

Students on this course are not expected to study Math's and English however this can be discussed at interview.

Students on this course are not required to have a placement however you will do projects with industry throughout the course.

During this course students will benefit from industry taking part in live assignment brief projects, guest speaker slots, guest lecturers and visits into industry.

During this course students will be expected to spend time completing assignments and projects during the course and also spend time studying essential skills where required.

Students will be on campus for a selection of days and will have lessons which will range in times from 9am - 5pm. Within this learners will have a range of lessons which will include Digital Lessons, English and Maths (where applicable) plus development of skills and behaviours for the Digital industries.

*Timetables have not yet been confirmed however students will receive this on enrolment at college.

On this course you will study:

- Information Technology Systems
- Creating and Managing Information
- Data Modelling
- Using Social Media
- Programming
- IT Project Management
- IT Technical Support
- IT Service Delivery
- Big data and business analytics
- Cyber security and incident management
- Cloud storage and collaboration tools
- The internet of things
- Enterprise in IT

Pearson (Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology)

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Why sixth form is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

*Summer 2019

We have recently invested in a brand new state-of-the-art digital suite and health simulation ward.