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IT Practitioners - BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Longley Park Sixth Form College

Course description

You will improve your knowledge and practical skills in Information Technology including web design and e-commerce, data communications, expert systems and computing.  You’ll find out about how computer systems work and learn how to use different applications.  Assignments are based on workplace situations so you will get a real insight into the careers available in IT and what it is like to work in industry.

You will have access to IT facilities at College for classroom activity and private study.

Course content

These are some of the areas you will study:

  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Data Modelling
  • Website Develoopment

In the first year you will complete two units which is the equivalent of half an A Level.  IN the secon dyear you will complte two additional units which will gain you the equivalent of a full A Level.


A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C).  You will normally need at least a grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.  Non-GCSE qualifications like BTEC Level 2 in a related area can count towards this total, but we will also look at your overall academic profile.

You do not need to have a formal qualification in IT to take this course, but you should have some experience of using IT applications.


Assessment is carried out by a series of external examination and internal assignments which are marked by your teachers.  Assessment methods throughout the course will include reports, case studies, examinations, controlled assessment, presentations and practical assessments.


Financial information

Everything you must have to undertake the course will be provided by college.  You may have to pay for extras such as trips/visits.

Future opportunities

Students from this course have gone on to university to study computing, e-Business, IT for practitioners and software engineering.  The course develops valuable skills for other higher level courses and employment.

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: 28 September 2017
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