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Information Technology BTEC Level 3 (Extended Certificate) at Wallingford School

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National in Information Technology is intended as an Applied General. It is designed for learners who are interested in exposure to a range of IT topics that will enhance their progression to higher education in this sector, a complementary sector and ultimately lead to employment.

Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business, using IT to communicate and share information and computational thinking skills and the principles of designing and developing computer programs.

Course content

The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in information technology systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable learners to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors. Learners will study a range of units, some mandatory, some optional. These include:

• Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
• Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information
• Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
• Unit 5: Data Modelling

Entry requirements

Students should have a GCSE grade B or 6 in the subject they are looking to study at Sixth Form. The exceptions are A levels that have not been taken at GCSE level (e.g. Psychology; Media Studies; Sociology). For these courses we will use the most appropriate GCSE qualification to make a decision. For example, GCSE Maths grade 6 to study Psychology and English Language grade 6 to study Media Studies and Sociology.


The course is assessed through coursework and external assessment. Students complete 4 units over the course of two years. The BTEC Level 3 Diploma is equivalent to one A Level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2017

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