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Information Technology - BTEC Level 3 at Hanley Castle High School

Course description

This practically driven qualification strikes a balance between the development of IT capability and relating the use of computers to business and the world in which we live. It is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction into the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

Entry requirements

All students have studied at least a non-examined course during Key Stage 4. Some students in Year 11 will be studying towards a GCSE in ICT as part of their options at Key Stage 4.


Assessment is 42% coursework/internal units, 58% external examination. The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business is a 360 guided-learning-hours (GLH) qualification that consists of a total of four units - three mandatory units plus one optional unit. This is roughly equivalent to one A Level.

Future opportunities

All BTEC Nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include: the ability to learn independently, the ability to research actively and methodically, and to be able to give presentations and be active group members. BTEC learners can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hanley Castle High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September