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ICT BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at The Hayesbrook School

Course description

You may be considering joining the Information Technology industry as a software developer, computer games designer, data modelling consultant etc.  This course and the skills you will learn are an excellent foundation for these careers or indeed a higher education course in this subject area.

The National Extended Certificate is intended as an Applied General qualification which is equivalent in size to one A Level. Students will develop a core of IT knowledge and study areas such as hardware and software in IT systems, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.

Course content

The BTEC National is divided into mandatory units and optional units.  For the National Extended Certificate course you must complete the following units:
Unit 1 - Information Technology Systems (an external exam)
Unit 2 -Creating Systems to Manage Information (10 hours controlled assessment)
Unit 3- Using Social Media in Business (coursework based)
Unit 6 - Website Development (coursework based)

25% - Creating Systems to Manage Information

25% - Using Social Media in Business (coursework project)

33%  - Information Technology Systems

17% - Website Development

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both English and Maths GCSEs, and at least 3 other qualifications at 4 or above.  You do not need to have studied ICT before to apply for this course.


25% - Creating Systems to Manage Information
Students study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.

25% - Using Social Media in Business (Coursework Project)
Students will explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services. Students will also develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet requirements and implement the use of social media in a business.

33% - Information Technology Systems(Written Examination)
Students study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.

17% - Website Development (Coursework Project)
Students will develop an understanding of the principles of website development, design a website to meet client requirements and will develop a website to meet client requirements.

Future opportunities

The course will prepare students for higher education in the area of IT, or as a complementary subject for a range of other higher education courses. This course would develop transferable skills including; reading technical texts, effective writing, analytical skills, creative development, independent learning, effective researching and presentation skills.

This course would also develop employability skills such as; problem-solving, critical thinking, communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation, self-management, resilience and selfmonitoring.

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: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 20