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Information Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Beal High School

Course description

“Information Technology (IT)” is not to be confused with “Computing” or “Computer Science” courses. This course is based on the study and use of computers to develop problem-solving skills through the practical application of IT. This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction into the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study. It is an ideal way to progress to a wide range of higher education courses; not necessarily in IT, as you will study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations. You will also design, create, test and evaluate a relational database system to manage information. There are also Units that focus on the creative use of IT, which includes Using Social Media in Business, Data Modelling and Website Development.

The course is assessed through 360 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) of study, which is delivered over four units of work. This course comprises of 42% Coursework and an Externally set Assessment (25%) and a Written Examination (33%). On completion, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate, which is equivalent to one ‘A-Level’ grade. A successful coursework portfolio is based on the completion of 4 “Passed” units of work, split over the two years of Year 12 and Year 13. Therefore, you must view this course as two years of study.

Future opportunities

All BTEC qualifications are nationally recognised by universities, business and industries. They have been designed to provide a broad education as a foundation for training, leading to employment and for study to higher and degree level education courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years