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ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Information & Digital Technologies

Subject Area
Digital Technologies
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
35 Weeks
Entry Requirements
Students must be aged 19+ from the first day of the course and hold GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 (C) or above.

This Level 3 Diploma is ideal for adults (19 and over) looking to complete a Level 3 qualification in information and digital technologies, who wish to learn the skills and knowledge for beginning a career in this sector. This course could be of particular interest to adults who have experienced a loss in job security because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recent events have provided many people with the opportunity to re-assess their career paths, with many choosing to explore a future in the ever-developing digital sector. There are skills shortages in this growing sector, including opportunities in coding and app development, cyber-security, games design and more. This course has been designed to offer a thorough introduction to the world of digital and information technologies, providing the skills and knowledge to get started on a career in this sector.

Entry requirements

Students must be aged 19+ from the first day of the course and hold GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 (C) or above.

Course units

The course is comprised of seven units with a total credit value of 60 credits. The units cover a range of theory and practical skills development as well as more general skills including research and project management. The units are:

  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Introduction to Computer Mathematics
  • Introduction to Cyber Security
  • Introduction to Digital Technology
  • Introduction to Emerging Technologies
  • Introduction to Mobile Application Development
  • Introduction to Web Development


Each unit is assessed as either Pass, Merit or Distinction based on internally assessed assignment work (including a few controlled assessments).

Course fees


The fees for this course could vary depending on funding eligibility, if you feel you may qualify for funding, please contact the Funding Team.

Course progression

Depending on experience, learners may progress to:

  • Employment or progression opportunities within existing job role
  • First year of a degree programme including the Foundation Degree in Digital Technologies (Cyber Security) and the HNC/HND in Computer Games Development at York College University Centre
  • Higher-level apprenticeship including the York College Level 4 Software Development Apprenticeship and the Level 4 Cyber Security Apprenticeship

Dates & course durations

September 2022, dates TBC.

Study methods

The course is primarily taught as a classroom-based course (over 2 working days) but there may be occasions when a more blended online approach is used. Lessons offer a balance of knowledge and skills-based learning utilising industry standard hardware and software. Students are advised that to successfully complete the course they should have access to an up to date, internet enabled PC at home.


We have several classrooms fully equipped with modern and powerful windows-based PC’ and have specific classrooms equipped with graphics workstations which are useful for the more creative aspects of the course. We also have a new, Cybersecurity lab equipped with leading edge virtualisation software allowing us to simulate a wide range of IT environments.

All students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Additional costs

Every attempt is made to use open source/free software on the course.

Some course elements may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.

Career progression

There are many opportunities within the sector in a wide variety of job roles. The UK is experiencing rapid growth within the digital sector with a skills shortfall in many of these areas. This is a timely opportunity to make a start on a career in Digital Technologies.

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