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 course is completed over 2 years and the qualification is a subsidiary Diploma. All candidates must complete 3 units in the first year and 6 units by the end of the second year. Options are available depending on student routes and capabilities.
The units covered are as follows:

• Communications & Employability Skills
• Computer Systems
• Information Systems
• IT Systems Analysis and Design
• Database Design
• IT System troubleshooting and repair

Resources
The course provides a mixture of practical and theoretical topics. Students will use the latest software and applications from Microsoft as well as cloud based tools. We provide assignments based on ‘real world’ scenarios to help you transfer your skills to the workplace or future pathway to career progression
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 in:

IT System Helpdesks - E-Commerce -Technical Support - 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 - Combined Computing Degrees - Multimedia
Note: for University entrance you will also need to have Maths A level Grade *A to B for most courses