L3 BTEC in Information Technology

Continue to develop your IT and Computing skills at level 3 with this hugely variable qualification. Designed to be a mix between theory and practical; writing and doing; software and hardware. This course is 100% coursework, but does involve you having to “lift the lid of the computer and peak inside”.

“There was a time when people felt the internet was another world, but now people realise it's a tool that we use in this world.” - Tim Berners-Lee

Entry requirements

Automatic entry onto Level 3 courses includes students achieving 5 x A*-C or equivalent at GCSE alongside a grade 5 or above in both English and Mathematics. Students with either English and/or Mathematics at grade 4 or below will have individual meetings to determine the most suitable pathway within sixth form. 

Course description

The Level 3 BTEC National in IT and Computing
is designed to be a very hands on and practical course. Students are asked to complete a number of assignments over the two years of the course. Students study a variety of units including:

  • Information Technology Systems – Learners study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information – Learners study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.
  • Using Social Media in Business – Learners explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Learners also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements
  • Website Development – Learners investigate website development principles. They will design and develop a website using scripting languages.

 Course assessment

Extended certificate

Equivalent in size to 1 A-Level

You will study 4 units. A mix of written exam, controlled assessment and internally marked coursework.

Ways to help my child succeed

  • Ask them about what they are doing in their IT lessons.
  • Prompt them to attend in school support sessions and lunchtime homework sessions in the IT Hub and IT rooms.
  • NB: You don’t have to buy specialist equipment for home – we have plenty of computers in school that can be used at lunchtime or after school!

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