Course Outline

BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

Skills Required

Pearson BTEC Extended certificate in IT (Level 3) takes an in-depth look at the ICT that is all around us. ICT is at the heart of everyday life, at work, at home and in our leisure time. From Database management systems, Website development, Use of Social media in business and Information Technology systems, IT has an ever increasing role to play. The course draws these together, with the essential skills required. The course is an ideal foundation for students entering the workplace as well as supporting students who are aiming for university places. The course attracts UCAS points. You will develop a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace, providing useful experience if you have an interest in an IT-related career.

Entry Requirements

Good GCSE results in general.

Future Opportunities

BTEC Nationals have been developed in consultation with industry and appropriate sector bodies to ensure that the qualification content and approach to assessment aligns closely to the needs of employers. Where they exist, and are appropriate, National Occupational Standards (NOS) and professional body standards have been used to establish unit content. In the IT sector, the following approaches have been used. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate, Extended Certificate and Foundation Diploma in Information Technology have been developed to reflect the underpinning knowledge of the Level 2 National Occupational Standards in IT Professional Standards (ITPS) 4.0, to include the range of competencies, knowledge and understanding elements that help learners meet the IT sector skills needs.

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