Level 3 Diploma in Computing (L3DC)

Level 3 Diploma in Computing (L3DC)

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

In addition, successful candidates will fulfil the main entry requirements for the NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing (with Business Management) (L4DC BM) and open up opportunities to access a range of higher education courses or employment.

Examples of higher education opportunities include, but are not limited to, progressing to university degrees in:

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Networking Systems
  • Digital Media Technology
  • Computer Forensics and Security


Examples of employment opportunities include roles such as:

  • IT Helpdesk Professional
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • IT Support Technician and Computer Service
  • Repair Technician


The Level 3 Diploma in Computing syllabus and assessment is suitable for students aged 16-19 and adult learners.


Students must study the following five core units:

  • Introduction to Computer Science – 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 – exposes students to the 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.
  • Study and Communication Skills – This equips a student with the essential study skills to succeed at the university level. They 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.
  • Culture Studies – enables students to gain awareness and increased understanding of other cultures and their own alongside the impact of a more digitised world on those cultures. Students will apply their understanding of culture to other aspects of their course and their plans for further study and work. The course will, in part, help prepare students for studying and/or working abroad or working for multi-national companies in our highly interconnected, digitised world.
  • Foundation Mathematics – This module builds upon students’ knowledge of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across various academic disciplines and their future careers.


Entry Requirements

For entry onto the NCC Education Diploma in Computing (L3DC), a student must:

  • Have previously studied in English at a secondary school level.


  • Have 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 our Accredited Partner Centres administer.

The Level 3 Diploma in Computing syllabus and assessment is suitable for students aged 16-19 and adult learners.


Academic Progression

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

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


Accreditation Status

NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) to award the Level 3 Diploma in Computing in England. Ofqual Qualification reference number 600/6407/9.