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National Foundation Diploma and National Extended Diploma

Achieve a National Foundation Diploma in your first year of study then top up to a National Foundation Extended Diploma in the second year. The National Foundation Extended Diploma gives you much more detail on the subject - it's the same as three A-levels and is a great route into university. If you already have National Foundation Diploma from another college, you can choose to top up to the National Foundation Extended Diploma with just one year of study.


This practical, work-related qualification will prepare you for an IT career path or for studying computer science at university level. You'll work with industry-standard hardware and software to design and construct the systems that underpin modern business processes using our specialist labs. Visiting speakers, who are experts in the field, will share their experience and give you up-to-date information on subjects such as web analytics and building an effective security culture. We encourage and support you to enter WorldSkills competitions in web development and networking technologies. Our students often have the chance to work with local communities on website projects. We're a member of the CISCO community which gives us the chance to deliver CISCO units as part of your course. We also have an arrangement with Microsoft DreamSpark so you'll be able to download MS programming and operating systems software for free.

This challenging course includes:

  • Information Technology Systems

    Creating Systems to Manage Information

    Using Social Media in Business


    IT Project Management

    Cyber Security and Incident Management

    IT Service Delivery


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.


You'll be assessed throughout the year through coursework and exams.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs A*-C/9-4 with English and maths at A*-D/9-3; OR a relevant Level 2 diploma at least at merit plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.

Next Steps

From the 90-credit diploma, move up to the extended diploma. From the extended diploma, you could go on to study computing at university level. Some students choose to specialise in security, networking or software development while others join mainstream computer science courses.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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