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Information Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Oldbury Wells School

Course description

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. IT is a high growth area of the service sector, estimated to contribute to 8 per cent (£75 billion) of the UK economy. Such a growth area leads to lots of future opportunities for those pupils with the appropriate skills. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is an Applied General qualification equivalent in size to one A Level. It is designed for students 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, but not necessarily in IT.

Course content

Students study the relationship between hardware and software and managing and communicating information and data across three mandatory units:

Information Technology Systems Investigate hardware and software that forms an IT system and the way that systems work individually and together as well as the relationship between the user and the system. Examine the issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals. This will be assessed through an external written exam (2 hours).

Creating Systems to Manage Information Examine the structure of data and its origins and how it is used in databases. Create, test and evaluate a database system for a given scenario. This unit is externally assessed in a supervised assessment period.

Using Social Media in Business Explore social media and implement and evaluate a social media strategy for a business scenario. This unit is assessed through coursework. Students will study one additional unit of study on either data modelling or website development to complete the qualification.

Future opportunities

This qualification supports progression into further education, training or employment. This may include IT related degrees such as Business and Business Information Systems. 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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oldbury Wells School directly.

Last updated date: 16 January 2017

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