Pupils must have completed an ICT qualification at Level 2 which is equivalent to a Merit or Distinction and grade 4 English GCSE.
Who is it for?
The Pearson BTEC level 3 national extended certificate in information technology is intended as an applied general qualification covering 360 guided learning hours, and is equivalent in size to 1 a level. It is designed for students interested in an introduction to the study of creating it systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, but not necessarily in it.
- Fundamentals of IT
- Database development
- Website Development
- Social Media
4 units of work (2 Exam units and 2 Centre-assessed units)
Pupils can progress onto most IT and Computing courses as well as supporting in applying for:
- BA (Hons) in Computer Arts
- BSc (Hons) in Fashion Buying Management
- BSc (Hons) in Software Development for Animation
- BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.
The qualification, when studied with other Level 3 qualifications, is aimed at progression to higher education but also enables learners to develop knowledge and skills needed for entry-level roles related to IT, including vocational apprenticeship roles and trainee/entry-level roles such as a social media specialist, web/content developer, or business analyst.
An IT apprenticeship or a variety of careers in the IT or creative industries, including:
- Computer Games Development,
- Website development,
- Software development
- Systems analysis.