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Information Technology Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in IT systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable learners to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors.

Learners will study three mandatory units:

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems

Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information

Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business.

This qualification includes a choice of optional units, including:

Unit 5: Data Modelling

Unit 6: Website Development.

Course content

What coursework do I have to do?

Unit 2: Creating systems to manage information Learners study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information. This unit is externally assessed by a task set and marked by Pearson. The set task will be completed under supervised conditions for 10 hours in a 1 week period set by Pearson which can be arranged over a number of sessions. The set task will assess a learner’s ability to design, create, test and evaluate a relational database system to manage information. The number of marks for the unit is 66. The assessment availability is May/June each year.

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. In this unit, you will explore different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes. You will develop a plan to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and objectives. You will then implement the plan, developing and posting content and interacting with others. Finally, you will collect data on the business use of social media and review the effectiveness of your efforts.

Unit 6: Website Development Learners investigate website development principles and they design and develop a website using scripting languages. In this unit, you will review existing websites, commenting on their overall design and effectiveness. You will use scripting languages such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript® and a simple text editor, or rapid application development tools. Finally, you will reflect on the website design and functionality using a testing and review process.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but we expect learners to have qualifications at or equivalent to Level 2. Learners are most likely to succeed if they have: five GCSEs at C grades or above and/or BTEC qualification(s) at Level 2; achievement in English and mathematics through GCSE or Functional Skills.

Assessment

What’s in the exam?

Unit 1 Information Technology Systems Learners study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations. This unit is externally assessed by a written examination set and marked by Pearson. The examination is 2 hours in length.

Learners will be assessed on their understanding of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations. The number of marks for the unit is 90. The assessment availability is January and May/June each year.

Future opportunities

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to the admission requirements to a wide range of degree courses, if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shoeburyness High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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