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Information Technology BTEC Level 3 at The Littlehampton Academy

Course description

Information technology affects all areas of our lives. The BTEC IT Level 3 allows you to explore digital devices and software; the social and ethical issues surrounding IT for example globalisation, data protection and online behaviour; emerging technologies for example face recognition software, wearable technologies and screen-less displays. We use a combination of assessment styles to give you confidence so that can apply your knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue learning at HE level and throughout your career.

Course content

The BTEC level 3 IT course is made up of three compulsory units and one optional unit.


Unit 1 Information Technology Systems (externally examined). You will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, the way systems work individually and together as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that these have on organisations and individuals.

Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information (externally examined). You will look at management information systems and create, test and evaluate a relational database.

Unit 3 Using Social Media in Business (coursework). You will look at how social media is used to share and communicate with friends and family and in a business context. You will develop a plan and create social media strategies for business purposes.


Unit 5 Data modelling (coursework)

Unit 8 Website development (coursework)

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C in GCSE English, Maths and IT or Computing or a BTEC Diploma Level 2 at merit grade.


Assessment is through external examinations and two internal course work units. Units that include Information Technology Systems- externally examined, Creating Systems to Manage Information - externally examined, Using Social Media in Business- Coursework and Data modelling or Website design.

Future opportunities

Students have gone on from this course to join industry in career roles involving both hardware and software, teaching and sales, whilst other students have continued their studies further into higher education to include the disciplines of IT, computing and game development.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Littlehampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September


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