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Information Technology BTEC National Extended Certificate at Emmanuel College

Course description

BTEC Nationals use a combination of assessment styles to give students the confidence to apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career. There are both practical and written assessments which means students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, whether that is supporting applications to higher education or potential employers.

Course content

The course is equivalent to an A level. It is graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction star. The course is comprised of three mandatory and one optional unit. Two of the mandatory units are assessed externally by examination and controlled assessment. The two other units are assessed by coursework.

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.

Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems Students study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.

Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information Students study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.

Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business Students explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Students also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.

Unit 5 – Data Modelling Students study how data modelling can be used to solve problems, and they will design and implement a data model to meet client requirements.

Students develop employability skills throughout the course, such as:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, self- presentation, negotiating and influencing
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

Transferable skills that are developed that universities value include: 

  •  the ability to learn independently
  •  the ability to research actively and methodically
  •  to be able to give presentations and be active group members.

Students can develop the knowledge and skills required for degree courses, including:

  •  reading technical texts
  •  effective writing
  •  analytical skills
  •  creative development
  •  preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

Entry requirements

Students must have a subject teacher recommendation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Emmanuel College directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016

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