What is the course about?
This course provides an attractive alternative to the traditional ‘A’ level for students who prefer to have more practical element. The fundamental philosophy of this course is that you actively experience the Information and Communication Technology environment. BTEC L3 National Certificate is equivalent to ½ A-Level. It can be converted into a BTEC L3 Extended Certificate in IT in Year 2, which is equivalent to a full A Level.

The College has made substantial investments in its IT infrastructure; we have some of the latest software and a specialist network/hardware laboratory. The course is run by highly trained and qualified teachers with a proven track record of high achievement at all levels.

What units/topics will be studied?
BTEC L3 Certificate consists of TWO units while BTEC L3 Extended Certificate consist of FOUR units including:

Year 1: BTEC L3 National Certificate - Year 1
• Creating Systems to Manage Information (Task set and marked externally by Pearson)
• Using Social Media in Business (Set and marked internally by the department)

Year 2: BTEC L3 National Extended Certificate – Year 2
• Information Technology Systems (Written examination set and marked externally by Pearson)
• Website Development (Set and marked internally by the department)

What do I need to study this subject?
• At least FIVE GCSEs grades A* - C including the new grade ‘5’ in Maths and ‘5’ in English.
• You will need to be well motivated and committed to attending classes and completing all coursework on time.

What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?
GCSE in ICT or Computer Science will help you to be better prepared but it is not a requirement.
You could also update your knowledge by reading computing magazines and online news (e.g. Computing, Computer active, WebUser and others). Watching technology related programmes (e.g. BBC Click).

Where can this lead me?
BTEC L3 National Certificate in IT is equivalent to ½ A-Level.
BTEC L3 National Extended Certificate in IT is equivalent to one ‘A’ Level. They carry weighting towards your UCAS points when applying to university.

Entry Requirements At least FIVE GCSEs grades A* - C including the new grade ‘5’ in Maths and ‘5’ in English.

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