Level 3 Diploma in Computing

Level 3 Diploma in Computing

The NCC Education Level 3 Diploma in Computing (L3DC) is an Ofual regulated qualification. It is an Applied General qualification which allows candidates to demonstrate key transferable study skills, mathematical competency and applied cultural understanding, especially in the area of digital culture, as well as an understanding of the essential concepts of computer programming.

Students that complete the Level 3 Diploma in Computing (L3DC) can:

  • Enrol onto the NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing (L4DC), equivalent to Year 1 of a UK bachelor’s degree.:


  • Choose where to study in the world

NCC Education are recognised by over 80 universities and institutes in the UK, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the USA. Students are also eligible to apply to several international branch campuses, including campuses in China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, UAE, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

View the latest university progression routes for available to students that complete the Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES).

For entry onto the NCC Education L3DC qualication students must have at least
one of the following:

    An international qualification which is equivalent to secondary education
    deemed acceptable by NCC Education

Students must also meet the English language entry requirements of:

  • Previously studied in English at secondary school level


  • A valid score of 5.5 or above in the International English Language Testing
    System (IELTS) examination or equivalent
    Alternatively, a student can take the free NCC Education Higher English Placement
    Test which is administered by NCC Accredited Partner Centres.

To complete the qualification a student must study and pass five units.

  • Study and Communication Skills – This module equips students with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. Students will learn the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures to your studies.
  • Culture Studies – This module will enable students to gain awareness and increased understanding of other cultures and their own alongside the impact of a more digitised world on those cultures. The content aims to help students to define and describe the concept of culture and use this as a framework to critically analyse their own and other cultures. Students will be able to apply their understanding of culture to other aspects of their course and to their plans for further study and work. 
  • Foundation Mathematics – This module builds upon student’s knowledge of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines and for their future career.
  • Introduction to Computer Science – This module provides a basic introduction to a range of IT topics including organisation of a computer system, the relationship between hardware and software, applications of computers, databases, networking (with a focus on the Internet), graphics and multimedia.
  • Introduction to Programming – This module exposes students to extensive practical use of the modern programming language Visual Basic, to illustrate the classic programming principles of sequencing, selection and iteration in the context of object-oriented computer programming.

Assessments for all units will be offered in a minimum of four assessment cycles throughout the year. The units are assessed by either written examination or assignment.

The qualification is designed to provide an entry route to UK and international
university courses or progression onto the NCC Education Level 4 Diplomas in
Computing, Business or Business IT.