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BTEC Extended Certificate in IT (Level 3) at Prospect School

Course description

This course is for you if you are interested in ICT and combines well with the Business option. It will help you develop problem solving and communication skills and covers technical aspects ranging from how to build your own computer to graphic design and website development, social media for business and mobile apps development.

Course content

  • How computer hardware and software works, including practical lessons
  • Programming and website design skills using Dreamweaver
  • Graphic design skills including specialist software such as Photoshop and Illustrator
  • How ICT is used in business systems
  • How businesses use social media to promote their products and services
  • Communication, problem solving and teamwork skills
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 5 or above
  • GCSE ICT/Computing at grade C or BTEC First/ECDL at a Pass grade
  • Two other GCSEs at grades C or above.


  • 2 External Units
  • 2 Internal Units

Future opportunities

While technical ICT skills are needed for many roles, employers also want team-players, problem- solvers and good communicators. The industry continues to need bright people who want to take the initiative, whether it is in developing new business processes, software applications, sales or training.
The opportunities for career advancement, self-development and financial reward are excellent when pursuing an ICT related career. Likewise many university courses value the ICT skills developed from completing the BTEC extended certificate in IT.

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: 07 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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    • At Prospect we are committed to continuous improvement and the raising of educational standards. As a Specialist College in Sports and ICT we aim to build on our current successful practice of developing young people who are physically, emotionally and educationally healthy. The concept of ‘personal best’ is used to develop students who are determined to succeed with whatever academic, sporting or personal goal they set. We are very proud to be able to offer the widest range of learning options of any school in Reading, backed up by an excellent welfare structure. We encourage and project an ethos of mutual respect and support where the diversity of people’s backgrounds is used to enrich our community and everyone is treated with equal value and care. Staff are committed to working in partnership with students and parents to widen perspectives, raise expectations, give encouragement, offer guidance and help every child achieve their personal best. We celebrate and recognise all types of achievement to build self-belief and self-esteem and to create an enjoyable and rewarding learning atmosphere. We are rightly proud of our school and students and aim to give you a flavour of what we have to offer, but in order to fully appreciate for yourself the fantastic facilities and opportunities, I would encourage you to visit us to see the school in action for yourself.