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.


Certificate (Year 1)

In Year 1 the units you will study are both compulsory units:

Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information – “learners study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.”

Assessed by: Tasks set and marked by Pearson; completed on a computer (and submitted electronically) under supervised conditions for 10 hours.

Unit 3 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.”

Assessed by: Coursework – internally marked.

Extended Certificate (Year 2)

In Year 2 you will study one compulsory unit and one unit that we have selected:

Unit 1 Information Technology Systems (compulsory unit) – “learners study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.”

Assessed by: Examination

Unit 6 Website Development – “learners investigate website development principles. They will design and develop a website using scripting languages.”

Assessed by: Coursework – internally marked

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.