1Course Overview

PC Technology Level 3

Course code: DLC019

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Pursue your career in PC Technology with this course, from home! 

This PC Technology Level 3 course has been professionally designed to begin kickstart your education within the Computer industry. 

This course will allow you to:

  • Understand the components and maintenance of computer hardware
  • Develop your knowledge of the Windows Operating System
  • Enhance your knowledge of web technologies and the Internet 

This course is perfect for:

  • IT professionals 
  • Thos who wish to pursue a career as a PC Technician
  • Students who want to go on to study the CompTIA A+ course

With everything you need at the click of a button in your own personal online platform, you can learn whenever and wherever is most convenient to you. 

Join over 75,000 people that have studied with us and enrol with us today. Home learning couldn’t be easier!

Discounts on selected courses - Until 28th May
2Course Content

Lesson 1 - Introduction to PC Hardware 

  • Introduction & Getting Started
  • A History Of Computer Technology
  • Computer Numbering Systems
  • Overview Of PC Hardware Components
  • Overview Of PC Operating Systems
  • Overview Of Peripheral Hardware Devices
  • Securing Your PC
  • Glossary Of Important Terms

Lesson 2 - PC Hardware Components 

  • The System Unit & Power Supply
  • Important Motherboard Components
  • Input Devices
  • Storage Devices
  • Display Devices
  • Peripheral Devices
  • Laptops, Tablets, & Smartphones

Lesson 3 - Installing PC Hardware 

  • Installing Display Devices

  • Installing Input Devices
  • Installing Output Devices
  • Installing I/O Devices
  • Installing Expansion Cards
  • Installing CPUs & Power Supplies
  • Installing Storage Devices

Lesson 4 - Hardware Diagnostics and Programming 

  • Safety Information & Toolkit Essentials
  • Dealing With Boot Failure
  • Diagnosing Disk Drive Problems
  • Diagnosing Windows Problems
  • Useful Diagnostic Tools
  • Hardware & Software Conflicts
  • Preventative Maintenance

Lesson 5 - Supporting Mobile Devices 

  • Introduction
  • Laptop Components
  • Laptop Maintenance Guidelines
  • External Laptop Hardware Devices
  • Other Mobile Devices
  • Mobile Accessories & Ports
  • Troubleshooting Mobile Devices

Lesson 6 - Networking Technologies

  • Introduction To Computer Networks
  • Network Types
  • Network Components
  • Introducing TCP/IP
  • Internet Connections
  • Ports & Protocols
  • Networking Tools
  • Security Issues

Lesson 7 - Understanding the Internet

  • Introduction To The Internet
  • Security On The Internet
  • Connecting To The Internet
  • Search Engine Technologies
  • An Introduction To Email
  • An Introduction To HTML
  • Understanding Cascading Style Sheets

Lesson 8 - The Windows Operating System

  • Operating System Fundamentals
  • The Evolution Of Windows
  • Installing & Configuring Windows
  • Start Menu, Task Bar, & Desktop
  • Clipboard, Explorer & Launching Apps
  • Control Panel & Accessories
  • Setting Up Printers & Scanners

Lesson 9 - Maintaining Windows

  • Automatic Maintenance
  • Optimizing Microsoft Windows
  • Backup & Restore System Data
  • Disk Storage Maintenance
  • Installing Software Updates
  • Other Operating Systems

Lesson 10 - System Security Issues 

  • Common Security Threats
  • System Security Best Practices
  • Firewalls & Other Security Devices
  • Mobile Security Controls
  • Windows 10 Built-in Security
  • Network & Wireless Security

At the end of each lesson, you will also be provided with a review and quiz, as well as a assignment. 

3Other Information

You will be assessed throughout this course via practical programming assignments and coursework. 

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year from enrolment to complete your studies. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines. This course has approximately 100 hours self-study time.

Study Method

You will study this course through distance learning, which means you can learn at a time and place to suit you.

Course Outcome

Providing the assignments have been completed to the required standards, upon the successful completion of this course students will receive a Understanding PC Technology Level 3 Open Awards Quality Endorsed Unit Course Certificate with 8 Open Awards Credits.


Your Questions Answered

What are the requirements for this course?

There are no requirements to enrol on this course, however you must have a good working knowledge of computers and be comfortable using them. 

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You have a year to complete this course from the start of your enrolment, giving you enough time to study at your own pace.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Online Support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Dedicated student support
  • FREE CV writing service
Do I have to sit an exam?

No, this course is assessed through tutor-marked assignments. 

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything is included within the price! 

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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