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Information Technology BTEC at King Edward VII

Course description

Equivalent in size to one A Level and UCAS points awarded as with A Levels. Consists of 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%). Assignments, units and final marks will be graded as Pass (E), Merit (C) or Distinction (A*).

This qualification is designed for learners who are 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, not necessarily in IT.

Information Technology (IT) involves the use of computers in industry, commerce, the arts and elsewhere. IT includes aspects of IT systems architecture, human factors, project management and the general ability to use computers. Increasingly businesses are implementing IT strategies to manage and process data both to support many business processes and to deliver new opportunities. This course addresses these needs.

It is ideal for students who would enjoy completing regular assignments and project work alongside two traditional linear A Levels.

Some possible combinations could be;

  • A levels in Business and Maths, could lead to a BSc (Hons) in IT Systems.
  • A levels in Computing and Art, could lead to an BA (Hons) in Games Design


Entry requirements

To enter the sixth form 5 good pass grade GCSEs (or relevant equivalent qualifications) are required including at least Grade 4 in English and Maths. Ideally, to study IT all students should have a 5 in English and Maths because of the written demands, formula based calculations and Boolean algebra. A grade C in an IT related GCSE subject (if studied at KS4) is needed. A grade 5 in a Design & Technology subject or Grade 4 in Graphic Communication or Media Studies may be useful.

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to download our subject blocking timetable. Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

Y12 Subject Blocks 2018-19

NOTE: the school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.


Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic*.

• Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (synoptic). Externally Assessed

• Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information. Externally Assessed

• Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business. Internally Assessed

• Unit 6: Website Development. Internally Assessed

Future opportunities

The qualification, when studied with other level 3 qualifications, is aimed at progression to higher education. However, it also enables students to develop the 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, content developer, web developer or business analyst.

Further information

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is intended as an Applied General qualification covering 360 GLH and equivalent in size to one A Level.

  • It is designed for young people who are 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, not necessarily in IT.
  • Students will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.
  • The qualification is supported by many top universities including, Sheffield and Exeter
  • Shows students learn how to think for themselves; how to problem solve; how to communicate; how to work independently; and how to function successfully as part of a team.
  • Provides several industrial visits and real life projects linked to industry.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September