ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Information and Digital Technologies
The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Information and Digital Technologies is a 60-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to an A Level or Access to HE qualification. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a Bachelor’s degree and may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required.
The qualification aims to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of a range of topics within the Information and Digital Technology environment. These topics will allow learners to develop practical and theoretical approaches to solving problems and finding solutions using Information and Digital Technologies.
This qualification sits within a suite of ATHE L3 qualifications, which is called the International Access Programme (IAP). Each qualification has a credit value of 60. Learners may choose to study one or more of the qualifications in this suite.
Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.
Advanced learner loans available in the UK – to check if funding is available see the latest Qualification Catalogue here.
For the progression routes visit our progression routes page.
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended.
To view the specification, please click here.
This qualification is eligible for UCAS points. To find out how much points your qualification is worth, please visit the UCAS Tariff Calculator here.
This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 16 and above.
For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:
- 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
- other related level 2 subjects
- other equivalent international qualifications
For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:
- IELTs 5.5
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
- Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49
Learners must complete all 7 mandatory units.
|Unit Name||Unit Aims||Credits||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Computer Programming||This unit aims to provide learners with fundamentals of computer programming. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding by investigating the range of languages available, example uses and the similarities across different languages.||10||Yes|
|Introduction to Computing Mathematics||This units aims to provide an overview of the mathematical skills required for computer programming. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding in the areas of mathematics that are used when working with a computing programming language.||10||Yes|
|Introduction to Cyber Security||This unit aims to provide an overview of cyber security and the importance of keeping yourself and systems safe when online. Learners will develop an understanding of the basics of security and the appropriate measures to take to reduce security risks.||10||Yes|
|Introduction to Digital Technologies||This units aims to provide an overview of the range of digital technologies available across different business sectors and environments.||5||Yes|
|Introduction to Emerging Technologies||This unit aims to provide learners with the necessary knowledge and understanding in order to investigate emerging technologies that are available and those that could be available in the future.||5||Yes|
|Introduction to Mobile Application Development||This unit aims to provide an overview on the basics of mobile application development. Learners will gain knowledge and understanding on how to plan, develop, test and launch a mobile application to solve a solution to a problem.||10||Yes|
|Introduction to Web Development||This unit aims to provide an overview of web development. Learners will gain knowledge and understanding on how to plan, develop, test and launch a website.||10||Yes|