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Information Technology BTEC Level 3 at Keswick School

Course description

Compulsory units Covering topics such as information technology systems, managing information with computer systems and use of social media in business.

Optional unit One optional unit chosen from topics such as website development or data modelling etc.

A typical student of the subject will be interested in the use of ICT, both from the perspective of the skills obtained and from a practical point of view. They will have an awareness of how businesses utilise ICT and will be prepared to look at all aspects of ICT and its use in real-world situations.

Course content

In Year 12 students complete 2 units to gain the Certificate.

Consisting of:

  • board set assignment on managing information with computer systems completed at the end of Year 12
  • a coursework unit on using social media in business completed during the year

In Year 13 students complete 2 additional units to gain the Extended Certificate.

Consisting of:

  • an examined unit completed during the year
  • an additional coursework unit completed during the year

Entry requirements

It is not essential to have studied IT at Key Stage 4. However, students following the Key Stage 4 IT qualification should usually be aiming for a Merit award. IT capability must be of a high level for any student wishing to pursue this course.


Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes.

  • to achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria
  • to achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria
  • to achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria The coursework units will be both internally and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

ICT is an advanced level course which combines well with many other subject areas; it is also a popular course as the skills acquired are essential for university and for working life.

Both the Certificate and Extended Certificate qualifications carry UCAS points.

The inclusion of business uses of social media makes students of this course desirable employees for employers as they look to develop their internet presence to include social media campaigns to promote their brand and products/services online.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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