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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in IT

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code TRC10
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


BTEC IT gives you the chance to build on existing skills in using software (such as Office, graphics and website creation software) but also provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of working computers.   You will learn how to maintain your computer; replace hardware components; carry out software installation and how to set up your own network.


Important note: The scope of IT courses is regularly changing so we reserve the right to amend the units offered or change the awarding body we work with if we feel this is in the best interest of our learners.


What you study each year will depend on the choice of award you make. There is the option to take the subject as a single A Level equivalent over two years (Subsidiary Diploma or a 2 A Level equivalent (Diploma).  You are advised to take advice as to which option is best for you, based around your career/ university aspirations.
All students will study the units listed under the Certificate qualification in their first year, as this includes compulsory units. We aim to offer flexibility within some of the other choices available, wherever grouping makes this viable, but the typical offering is listed below.

Certificate (all students achieved this qualification as a minimum at the end of Year 1)
? Communication and Employability Skills for ICT
? Computer Systems
? Website Production
Subsidiary Diploma (this is achieved at the end of Year 1 for those undertaking the Diploma course and at the end of Year 2 for those undertaking the Subsidiary Diploma course)
? E-commerce
? Networking
? Graphics
Information Systems (mandatory unit)
? Other modules chosen will give the opportunity to extend on some of those taken on earlier parts of the course.  Options include:

Organisational Systems Security
Computer Animation
Installing and Upgrading Software
Impact of the use of IT on Business Systems
Developing Computer Games

Study Visits

Visiting speakers from local universities such as Sheffield Hallam University/Sheffield University.   Opportunity for visits to local universities.

Work Placement

There will also be the opportunity to undertake a work placement in order to gain hands on experience of working in an IT-related role.


How will it be delivered?

3 / 6 coursework units per year.  (No examinations.)

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in English. 

Your next steps...

Some students combine IT with courses such as Business, Art or Media, but it can be studied alongside any other subject as it builds very useful IT skills in its own right.

Students have gone on to careers in / as: Data Analyst, Multimedia Programmer, IT Support Worker. 


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