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IT BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate at Cannock Chase High School

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Qualifications in Information Technology have been developed to focus on giving you the opportunity to enter employment in the IT sector.  The qualification is equivalent to one A Level and will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and allow you to apply them in real work contexts.  The purpose of the course is to help you to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the IT sector and aspects of the creative industries at the appropriate level.  

Course content

360 Guided Learning Hours

Mandatory Units:

•              Unit 1 IT Systems

•              Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information (database)

•              Unit 3: Using Social Media 

•              Optional Units (to be decided):   Data Modelling, Website Developing 

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSEs across a range of subjects including GCSE ICT or Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia. 

GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths are recommended by the exam board, Edexcel.  


Two units are external assessments:

  • one unit is a 2 hour exam (heavier weighting than other units)
  • one unit is an externally set assignment 

The assessment approach of the BTEC qualifications in Information Technology allows students to receive formative feedback and leads to an assessment. Assessments are carried out through a variety of methods such as assignment and project work, case studies and presentation. 

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in IT is a recognised qualification by UCAS and universities so will provide a route to higher education. The Information Technology sector and aspects of the creative industries, e.g., computer games development, are highly skilled and high growth sectors of the economy. Also, the IT sector is vital for every other industry in the UK to function and grow. The Sector Skills Council estimate the IT industry contributes 8% of (or £75 billion to) the economy (Gross Value Add). They forecast that over the subsequent years the sector could generate up to an additional £47bn GVA to the economy and create 500,000 new jobs. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September