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BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT at Rawlins Academy

Course description

This is a two year course. This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in furthering their skills In information technology (IT) alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT. Learners will understand: • Theory relating to Information Technology Systems (externally assessed by a written examination) • how to create systems to manage information (externally assessed 10hr set task) • how to use Social Media in Business (internally assessed coursework) Learners will be able to gain an understanding of the relationships between IT systems’ hardware and software, the way systems work individually and together, the relationship between the user and the system, use of IT systems’ issues and their impact on organisations and individuals. They will also develop a common core of IT knowledge through the study of areas such as managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information. There is also the choice of two optional units and this will be decided by the teacher. This will either be website development or data modelling. Students will complete the internally and externally set units of coursework in Year 1, and if they choose to complete the course at the end of Year 1 they will have achieved the Level 3 Certificate in IT.

Entry requirements

Rawlins Level 3 P16 requirements.  As this is a vocational course there is no prior study required however is is recommended that learners have studied either ICT or computing at KS4.


Coursework - externally marked tasks, dates to be set by exam board. Written examination.

Future opportunities

Appropriate as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for access to P16 studies and/or training, with a key focus on Graphics design, Web development, Animation, General Purpose ICT applications and Communication techniques

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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