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IT BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate at Reigate College

Course description

This course can either be taken as a one year course leading to a Certificate (one AS Level) or as a two year course as an Extended Certificate (one A Level).

Students should choose this course if they:

  • are interested in computers and want to learn how they work
  • would like to gain practical experience of installing hardware and software
  • wish to develop skills such as image editing and web design
  • are happy to be assessed purely through coursework

Course content

Students will learn how computers work and gain practical experience in a range of software environments. The course is very hands-on and gives students practical experience of developing solutions for a variety of end users.

Topics include:

  • Image editing
  • Website design
  • Game design
  • Animation
  • Computer Components
  • Communication and Employability skills

Students must prove, throughout the course, their ability to communicate in various ways and demonstrate professionalism in an IT setting. 

Entry requirements

Five GCSE passes at grade C or above. Students are not required to have studied IT at GCSE. Grade C or above in GCSE English Language is desirable.

Students should have at least basic IT skills and be interested in the practical aspects of computers. They should enjoy and be good at working with numbers, planning their own learning and working with others. Students must be able to work on their own initiative to solve problems, meet coursework deadlines and give presentations.


The course is assessed on the basis of student portfolios and external assessment. 

The programme of study is varied and is designed to prepare students for the tasks that they would face in any IT-related job, especially one in systems support. Students will learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands, and will build up a portfolio of evidence from the various activities carried out.

A lot of the evidence will be written, but it will take a variety of forms, such as reports for managers, posters, booklets for staff, user guides and presentation handouts. A number of tasks will be assessed on the basis of observations of what the student does in practical activities. In these cases the teacher will provide appropriate evidence such as video, photographs and witness statements.

The exam board for this BTEC Level 3 is Pearson BTEC.

Future opportunities

BTECs in IT are accepted by universities and are an excellent foundation for a range of IT and Computing university courses such as:

  • Game Design
  • Digital Media
  • Interactive Digital Technologies
  • Information Systems and Management
  • 3D Modelling
  • Animation
  • Web Development
  • Visual Effects


An alternate progression route is an Apprenticeship in a range of fields relevant to this course, such as:

  • IT Technician
  • Online Marketing Administrator
  • IT Networking Apprentice
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Support Engineer
  • IT Sales Consultant
  • IT Web Developer
  • Audio Visual Technician
  • Content Manager

Further information

BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in IT students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • presentation by a leading game designer from Lionhead Studios
  • A range of experience days at various universities covering topics such as 3D animation

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reigate College directly.

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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