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IT BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at St George's Church of England Foundation School (Broadstairs)

Course description

BTEC IT at Level 3 is designed to provide specialist knowledge and skills that develop your ICT experiences. The range of work that you will cover will provide you with a wealth of opportunities to develop analytical and problem solving skills as well as specialist skills in database and spreadsheet development alongside investigating the impact of social media. There is a real opportunity to build knowledge and skills for Higher Education or the world of work.

Course content

Pupils study the relationship between hardware and software and managing and communicating information and data across three mandatory units:

● Information Technology Systems

● Creating Systems to Manage Information

● Using Social Media in Business.

An additional unit of study on either data modelling or website development will complete the qualification.


Unit 1 – IT Systems

Exploring the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user

and the system. This unit is externally assessed.


Unit 2- Creating Systems to Manage Information

Examining the structure of data and its origins, and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database. Pupils will examine a given scenario develop effective design solution to produce a database system, test and finally, evaluate each stage of the development process. This unit is externally assessed.


Unit 3- Using Social Media in Business

Exploring different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes. Social media skills are closely linked with web and mobile applications development. This unit gives a starting point for

progression to roles such as social media specialist, content developer and web developer. This unit is internally assessed.


This course combines well with any other course of study and provides an interesting and highly motivational way to achieve great levels of success. In particular, this course is well suited to those students who have enjoyed completing a level 2 vocational IT course and wish to take their IT capability to a higher level and develop specialist skills. This course also links to the Computer Science curriculum.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of three 4-9 grades at GCSE.


To take full advantage of this course ideally you will have successfully studied IT or Computing at Level 2.


The course is assessed via a combination of portfolio evidence and externally assessed exam.

Future opportunities


This course provides an excellent route for those students who wish to extend their analytical and problem solving skills in IT.



This course enables students to develop the knowledge and skills needed

for entry level roles related to IT, including vocational Apprenticeship roles and trainee/entry

level roles such as a social media specialist, content developer, web developer or business analyst.

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: 01 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Can be 1 or 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mrs J Wreford
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01843 861696