BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology


Exam board: Pearson                                                          

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 Extended Certificate in IT 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.


Duration of course: 

2 Years


What units/topics will be studied?

Overall the course consists of 4 units; 3 mandatory units which 2 units are externally assessed and 1 optional unit including:

Information Technology Systems (Externally assessed)

Creating Systems to Manage Information (Externally assessed)

Using Social Media in Business (Mandatory – internally assessed)

Website Development (Optional)


What do I need to study this subject?

At least 5 GCSEs grades 9 - 4 including Maths and 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 Computer Science will help you to be better prepared, but it is not a requirement.

Also, up to date your knowledge by reading computing magazines and online news (e.g. Computing, Computer active, WebUser etc.) and watching technology related programmes (e.g. BBC Click).


Where can this lead me?

Pearson BTEC L3 Extended Certificate in IT is equivalent to ‘1 A Level’. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. They allow for direct entry into the university or apprenticeship.