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BTEC Information Technology Level 3 at Carmel College

Course description

You will study up to 18 units over the two year course leading to a qualification the equivalent of 1, 2 or 3 A Levels. This is an excellent grounding to go on to further education in an ICT based subject or seek an apprenticeship/employment. This is a practical course which means the emphasis is on developing skills in a variety of IT related topics.

Course content

The units of study will cover 3 distinct strands which include ICT, Computing and Business Information. The course is designed for students who are interested in acquiring an in-depth knowledge of these subject areas.

The units are a combination of theory and practical work but all units will require you to complete an assignment and use ICT to present your evidence using a variety of standard software packages. This may include websites, presentations, reports, brochures/leaflets etc.

It is important that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in ICT/ Computing, a willingness to explore new ideas and the ability to communicate your ideas clearly in a variety of styles. You must be motivated to work unsupervised during study time and work hard to develop your portfolio.

The following units are studied in the first year:

Unit 1: Communication & Employability Skills for IT

Unit 2: Computer Systems

Unit 3: Information Systems

Unit 5: Managing Networks

Unit 7: Organisational System Security

Unit 8: E-Commerce

Unit 28: Website Production


In the second year:

Unit 7: Organisational System Security

Unit 11: Systems Analysis & Design

Unit 12: Technical Support

Unit 18: Database Design

Unit 42: Spreadsheet Modelling

Unit 43: Multimedia Design

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE grade C in ICT or pass in equivalent ICT qualification plusGCSE grade C in both English Language and Mathematics.


Student work is evaluated throughout the course by continuous assessment, comprising of assignments and observed practical skills which make up a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio is assessed by tutors then externally verified.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of a BTEC Level 3 qualification, learners can progress into employment and/or continue their study in the same subject area at degree level. Here are some examples:

Employment apprenticeships

  • IBM Computers
  • ENOS Academy
  • NHS – Business administration
  • NHS – Nursing/Radiology

Higher Education

BTEC IT students have been accepted onto the following courses:

  • Liverpool John Moores Computer Technology Computer Forensics Computer Studies IT & Multimedia Computing Cyber Security Computer Games Technology
  • University of Huddersfield Computer Games Programming
  • University of Liverpool Computer Information Systems
  • Manchester Metropolitan University Computer Forensics and Security
  •  Chester University Computer Science
  • University of Lincoln Games Computing
  • Edge Hill University Computer Security and Network Enrichment Opportunities

Further information

What support will I receive?

All students receive extra support via individual and group tutorials throughout the academic year as required.

What is the department like?

We have 2 dedicated computer suites with wireless internet connection, printing facilities, interactive whiteboards and multi-media projectors. In addition to these we also have a theory classroom.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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