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Level 3 Diploma in Computing (L3DC)

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.


In addition, successful candidates will fulfil the main entry requirements for the NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing (L4DC) or Level 4 Diploma in Computing with Business Management (L4DB BM), as well as opening 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 as well as adult learners.

    • Study and Communication Skills – equips students with the essential study skills needed to succeed at 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 be able to apply their understanding of culture to other aspects of their course and to 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
  • For entry onto the NCC Education L3DC qualification, Students must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Completed their GCSE/IGCSE ‘O’ Levels or an equivalent* qualification in their own country and passed 5 subjects with minimum grades of ‘C’, ‘4’ or equivalent* in each. These should include Mathematics and English.


    • Have a valid score of 5.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or equivalent for students whose first language is not English. Alternatively, students can take the free NCC Education Higher English Placement Test which is administered by our Accredited Partner Centres.

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

    *Centres need to provide evidence to justify any equivalency decision (both qualification equivalency and grade equivalency) they make pertaining to any enrolments via non-GCSE or non-standard routes.
  • 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. Click here to view the latest university progression routes.


  • Assessments for all units will be offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. The units are all assessed by either examination or assignments.

    Past papers and sample assessments:

    Study and Communications Skills

    View a Sample Assessment here.
    View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

    Foundation Mathematics

    View a Sample Assessment here.
    View s Sample Mark Scheme here.

    Culture Studies

    The Culture Studies Assignment is open-ended, which means it does not change each cycle. Please find the live Culture Studies assignment and mark scheme below:

    View Live Assignment here.
    View Live Mark Scheme here.

    Introduction to Computer Science

    View a Sample Examination here. 
    View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

    Introduction to Programming

    View a Sample Assignment here.
    View a Sample Assignment Mark Scheme here.

  • NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) to award the Level 3 Diploma in Business in England. Ofqual Qualification reference number 600/6416/X.

  • Students

    If you are interested in completing one of our British qualifications, please send a copy of your qualification(s) to admissions@nccedu.com whereby we can discuss your possibilities for enrolment. 


    Study Centres 

    To start offering the Level 3 Diploma in Computing (L3DC) to your students, fill out our contact form below and a member of team will be in touch.

“The NCC Education courses are one of a kind. They are frequently updated and provide detailed insights into business, computing and IT concepts.

I’m excited for the future and I plan to complete a British bachelor’s degree.”

– Manmeet Kaur, Myanmar.

“The NCC Education courses are strategically designed to prepare students for entering IT and Business industries.

My British qualification can help me travel and work at reputable companies around the world.”

– Ridge Agyei, Ghana.

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