BTEC Level 3 – Applied Foundations in Information Technology (IT)


Program Description


Our applied foundations in IT (BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in IT), awarded by Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, offers you a strong foundation to progress to higher qualifications in IT and management. The vocational qualification has been designed with the guidance of employers, representatives from professional bodies and higher education.

This is a perfect foundations programme for students with no knowledge of IT and for those who would like to pursue a rewarding career in the IT industry.

The course aims to provide you with an engaging and stimulating syllabus that balances your future professional needs alongside your academic progression. Some of the topics covered include website development, data modelling and IT service delivery. The course’s broad scope will leave you with many options upon graduating.

You will be expected to combine your knowledge and understanding through practical application and technical skill.

Why Should You Take This Course?

If you are a budding IT enthusiast and would like a career in the computing field, then the Applied Foundations in IT is a 12-18 months course designed to equip learners aged 16 and above with several skills and the knowledge necessary to pursue a bachelors degree in Computing or gain entry-level employment.

As parents, we understand your concerns about providing the best possible education for your child. Our qualifications are awarded by Pearson which ensures that your child can transfer to more than 200 universities globally to complete their education. Starting at AED 30,000/ -, the tuition fees for the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in IT, are tailored to suit the finances of most households.

Why Study With UKCBC Dubai?

  • We have been delivering vocational qualifications in the UK since 2001, where over 3,000 students choose to study with us every year.
  • We have a state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) that is easily accessible by all modes of transport.
  • Practical application of concepts through engaging projects designed with industry consultants in order to help you develop employable skills.
  • Affordable tuition fees with attractive scholarships & bursaries.

Course Assessments

As with each Pearson qualification, the course involves internal, external and synoptic assessments. You will be required to give presentations, undertake on-job placements and create independent research projects.

Course Structure

As a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in IT student, you must complete a total of 1080 guided learning hours (GLH); the guided learning hours are broken up by modules, with modules having 60, 90 & 120 GLH.

Qualification Credit Value: 180 credit value

Total Number of Units: 18 units. The course is comprised of 3 mandatory units and 15 optional specialist units

Mandatory Units

Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT

Unit 2: Computer Systems

Unit 3: Information Systems

Specialist Units

Unit 4: Impact of the Use of IT on Business Systems

Unit 8: e-Commerce

Unit 9: Computer Networks

Unit 10: Communication Technologies

Unit 11: Systems Analysis and Design

Unit 13: IT Systems Troubleshooting and Repair

Unit 15: Object Oriented Programming

Unit 17: Project Planning with IT

Unit 18: Database Design

Unit 21: Data Analysis and Design

Unit 28: Website Production

Unit 32: Networked Systems Security

Unit 34: Business Resources

Unit 39: Web Animation for Interactive Media

Unit 43: Multimedia Design


After completing The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in IT, you will have the opportunity to move onto a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing, start year 1 of your undergraduate degree or gain entry-level employment.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 3 IGCSE’s including Math, English and a related subject
  • Grade 10 or equivalent in any curriculum with minimum 55%
  • BTEC Level 2 in any field
  • Work Experience (for working professionals)
  • Additional English language proficiency may apply where the medium of teaching is not English

Students applying for the fast-track programme must show additional competency and pass an interview with faculty members.


The foundation course will be delivered in two modes – regular and fast track. Students can opt any of the delivery modes however the final decision will be based on the faculty where the student grades will be an important deciding factor.

Tuition Fees

Fast Track [12 months] – AED 30,000** per year (inclusive of VAT)

Regular Mode [18-24 months] – AED 27,000** per year (inclusive of VAT)

**Additional awarding body registration fees may apply

For more details on the tuition fees please contact the UKCBC Dubai team at

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The UK College of Business and Computing (UKCBC) is a higher education provider based in London. Since opening, our aim has been to help add professional value to each and every student that studies w ... Read More

The UK College of Business and Computing (UKCBC) is a higher education provider based in London. Since opening, our aim has been to help add professional value to each and every student that studies with us. Our lecturers have years of experience delivering high-quality teaching, and each course has been developed to give students the skills they need to succeed in their chosen profession. We’re an adaptive, welcoming institution that cares about the needs of our students. Read less
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