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Information Technology BTEC Extended Certificate at St Bernard's High School

Course description

The BTEC National Extended Certificate in IT will help students to achieve their potential and progress to the next stage of their lives, whether it be higher education, an Apprenticeship, or employment.

It is for students interested in learning about Information Technology alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of Higher Education courses, not necessarily in IT.

This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

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.

This qualification is equivalent to one A Level.

Course content

Year 12 

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.

Year 13

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.
  • In this unit you will:
  1. Explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services
  2. Develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet requirements
  3. Implement the use of social media in a business.

Unit 6: Website Development

  • Learners investigate website development principles.
  • They will design and develop a website using scripting languages.
  • In this unit you will:
  1. Understand the principles of website development
  2. Design a website to meet client requirements
  3. Develop a website to meet client requirements.

Entry requirements

  • Grade B in GCSE ICT or Point 6 in GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics.


Unit 1:

  • Externally assessed through a written examination set and marked by the exam board.
  • The examination is two hours in length.
  • Students will be assessed on theirunderstanding of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.

Unit 2:

  • Externally assessed through a task set and marked by the exam board.
  • The set task will be completed under supervised conditions for 10 hours in a one-week period set by the exam board, which can be arranged over a number of sessions.
  • The set task will assess the student’s ability to design, create, test and evaluate a relational database system to manage information.

Units 3 and 6:

  • Internally set and marked with external moderation.

Future opportunities

This qualification can be taken as part of a broad study programme, leaving progression options fully open.

It provides an opportunity for students to progress into higher education on a diverse range of degree courses, depending on the other subjects studied.

For students wanting to study for an IT related degree, opportunities would include: Business, Computer Arts, Fashion Buying Management, and Software Development.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017

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