BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in IT

BTEC IT Level 3 is a practical, “hands on” course, which delivers a wide range of learning experiences to students. We believe it is highly relevant to students who wish to progress in a variety of different careers or education pathways. For those students who wish to advance into IT related fields, this course offers theory, knowledge and opportunities to develop practical skills.

For those students interested in studying towards a career in ICT, this course is considered to be an excellent foundation.

The units within the course can be tailored to your specific interests and career progression needs. Practical ICT skills are highly valued in industry and this course will give you ample opportunity to practice and hone these skills.

Course outline

The National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is taught over two years and is the equivalent of one A level. There are four units in the qualification, three of these are compulsory units whilst one is an option that will be selected by the department to reflect resources, student interest and staff expertise. As this is a new qualification, the units will be reviewed and selected as more information becomes available. The mandatory units are Unit 1: Information Technology Systems, which is assessed through a written 2 hour exam, Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information, which is completed in school over 10 hours and is completed using a computer and submitted electronically, and Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business, which is assessed internally based on assignments completed. The fourth unit will be chosen from Data Modelling or Website Development, both of which are internally assessed through reports and assignments completed in school. As this is a new course, we may review this offer as further details about this and other courses become available to ensure that the course we offer suits our students.

Where will it lead to?

These qualifications are valued by employers and higher education. Students go into careers in many IT related disciplines as technicians and technical support and progress to professional status in their chosen field. If you want to get a job straight away you could work on IT System Helpdesks, or in E-Commerce, Technical Support, or Network Management. If you decide to go on to university you could take a degree or BTEC Higher National in subjects such as Computing, Networking or Combined Computing Degrees. For University entrance you will also need to have Maths A level Grade *A to B for most courses.