Information and Communication Technology BTEC National (Level 3)

Extended Certificate – Equivalent to one A Level

Aims of the Course

BTEC Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary Diploma is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in the areas of Computing and IT Systems. The course focuses on:

  • Developing the knowledge, understanding and skills of students from an IT practitioner’s viewpoint.
  • The role of IT practitioners; their relationship within the section/department in which they work; how their role and their department/section fits within the overall organisational structure and the outside technical and local community.
  • Providing opportunities for students to focus on the development of the major key skills and the wider key skills in a technological context, such as improving own performance, working with others and problem solving.
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

Units of study

The course consists of four units studied over two years:

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems – Mandatory (120 GLH) – Externally Assessed Coursework – You will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes.
  • Select and use information technologies and procedures to explore likely outcomes and find solutions to problems in context.
  • Analyse and evaluate information, technologies and procedures in order to recommend and justify solutions to IT problems.
  • Make connections between the application of technologies, procedures, outcomes and solutions to resolve IT problems.

Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information – Mandatory (90 GLH) – Externally Assessed Controlled Assessment – You will

  • Demonstrate knowledge of database development terminology, standards, concepts and processes.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of database development terminology, standards, concepts and processes to create a software product to meet a client brief.
  • Analyse information about database problems and data from test results to optimise the performance of a database solution.
  • Evaluate evidence to make informed judgements about the success of a database’s design and performance.
  • be able to develop a database solution to meet a client brief with appropriate justification.

Unit 3: Using social Media in Business – Mandatory (90 GLH) – Internally Assessed Coursework – You will:

  • Explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services.
  • Develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet requirements.
  • Implement the use of social media in a business.

Unit 6: Website Development – Optional (60 GLH) – Internally Assessed Coursework – You will:

  • Understand the principles of website development.
  • Design a website to meet client requirements.
  • Develop a website to meet client requirements.

Potential Careers
The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Information Technology provides opportunities for full-time students to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the field of ICT or progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing or IT Practitioners.