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

BTEC Level 3 Ext. Diploma in IT

September, 2020 


12 months (Fast track)


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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT / Applied Foundations in IT

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / Applied Foundations in Information Technology offers an excellent starting point for students and professionals pursuing a career in information technology. Awarded by Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, this course covers a wide range of topics for students who want to keep their options open while starting a career in IT.

This vocational qualification trains students to learn problem solving skills in a real IT environment and gain industry-centric skills in order to boost their knowledge and employability. Taught by experienced computing specialists, the main elements of the course cover hardware, networking, programming, graphics and web development.

Combining a mix of theoretical and practical modules in a well-resourced environment, this qualification covers an array of computing units that allow students to experience the full scope of the world of information technology, helping them to identify areas of interest and future specializations. The practical application of IT concepts and technical skills gained from this qualification balances future professional needs along with ideal academic progression.

For programme registration details, contact our Course Advisors here

Why UKCBC Dubai?

  • Credibility
    We are the first UK Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET) provider in the UAE.
  • Pearson Qualifications
    Our BTEC & Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are awarded by Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, ensuring students gain global recognition for their achievements and serve as a pathway to more than 200 universities globally.
  • Affordable
    We offer attractive tuition fees and flexible installment plans.
  • Practical
    Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to real world events and situations when completing their assignments.
  • Partnerships
    We are partnered with two prestigious universities – University of Birmingham Dubai Campus & Bath Spa University, UK to allow student progression into their undergraduate programmes.
  • Student Support
    Vibrant student life and dedicated support services offered, including assistance with transportation, visa and accommodation.

Course Assessments

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / Applied Foundations in Information Technology involves both internal and external assessments. Assessments in each module are structured to meet specified learning outcomes.

  • Phase tests.
  • Laboratory exercises.
  • Practical IT demonstrations.
  • Independent research projects
  • Real-time software simulations.
  • Presentations with assessor questioning.

Career Progression

Course Structure

As a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT student, you must complete a total of 1080 guided learning hours (GLH).

GLH are categorized by modules – with 60, 90 and 120 hours.
Qualification Credit Value: 180 credit value.
Total Number of Units: 18 units. (3 mandatory units and 15 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 39: Web Animation for Interactive Media
Unit 43: Multimedia Design

For more information on the course structure, you can connect with our Academic Advisor here

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 medium of teaching is not English

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

Tuition Fees    

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / Applied Foundations in IT.

Fast Track (12 month) AED 39,000 Full course
Regular Track (18 – 24 months) AED 27,000 per year


Additional Fee

Administration Fees

Amount (AED)

One-time Application fee


Security deposit (refundable)


Transportation Fees

600-800 per month depending on location/emirate

Visa Fee


Medical Insurance


Visa deposit (refundable)


Scholarships and discounts available. For more details on the fee structure, scholarships and discounts, please contact the UKCBC Dubai team at admissions@ukcbc.ac.ae

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