BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate – Information Technology
What’s it about?
This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.
Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.
We would recommend grade 4 at GCSE in English and mathematics and BTEC Level 2 ICT.
Mrs. S. Osborne – Director of Teaching and Learning
The Canterbury Academy Sixth Form
The course is made up of four units, three of which are mandatory and two of which are externally assessed.
The core units for the course are:
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
In this unit you will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals.
This unit is externally assessed through a written examination. The examination is two hours in length and you will be assessed on your understanding of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information
In this unit you will learn about the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information. This unit is externally assessed through a controlled assessment.
Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
In this unit you will explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. You will also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements. This unit is internally assessed through coursework.
The final unit that you will study is:
Unit 6: Website Development
In this unit you will investigate website development principles. You will design and develop a website using scripting languages. This unit is internally assessed through coursework.
You could apply to work in a range of IT based industries, or you could use your qualification for further study at university.