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ICT BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

Why Study ICT?

An ability to work with information and communication technologies is as essential to education, life and workplace success as ‘reading, writing and arithmetic’. No matter your pathway in life, ICT will open new doors to enjoyment, enlightenment and employment, and ICT students are better prepared for a digitally enhanced, globally competitive world.

A dynamic discipline in its own right, ICT teaches transferable skills which link closely to, and increase performance levels within, other subjects, and will be an asset to you throughout your time at college and beyond. When 3 out of the top 4 jobs available to university graduates are based within the ICT industry why would you choose any other subject?

The course is valued as the equivalent of 1 A Level.

Course content

Year 12                                            

Unit 02              Creating Systems to Manage Information

Unit 03              Using Social Media in Business                

Year 13

Unit 01              Information Technology Systems

Unit 06              Website Development

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s with a minimum C grade GCSE ICT or PM in BTEC Ext Cert in ICT level 2.


Teaching is a combination of theoretical lessons and practical work.  It is essential that learners have a good working knowledge of the basic application packages (word processing, spreadsheets and databases).

Assessment for this course is two-thirds coursework and will comprise of a number of set tasks; the other third is externally assessed via examination or controlled assessment. In order to gain the Foundation Diploma award, learners must complete all 6 units to at least pass grade standard.

Feedback will be given by the subject teacher on each assessment criteria, with the opportunity for improvement, and exemplar materials will be made available so students can assess for themselves their own standard of work.

Future opportunities

ICT Careers Include:

  • Computer Programmers
  • Web Designers
  • Project Managers
  • Social Media Managers
  • Social Community Managers
  • Security/Networking Analysts
  • Technology Support
  • Mobile Application Developers
  • Technical Trainers/Managers
  • Digital Specialists
  • Web Development Specialists

Many of our students continue to study ICT at university whilst others use it as a stepping stone to study another discipline.

The transferable skills developed whilst studying ICT include problem solving, project management, creative thinking, the capacity for independent enquiry and team working.

Units have been selected to reflect the demands of current industry practices. However, as well as developing a clear grounding in the subject knowledge, this qualification also aims to promote the necessary skills required by universities and future employers.

Further information

There are three dedicated ICT rooms with wireless internet access, printing facilities, interactive smartboards and projectors. In addition many lessons will make use of mobile technology in the form of laptops, tablets and smartphones.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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