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IT: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at New College Pontefract

Course description

If you wish to have a more hands on approach to computing. The work-based nature of the qualification also ensures that if you choose to leave college without going to university you are provided with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to obtain work in the computing and business sector.

Course content

BTEC Extended Certificate

Mandatory Units
• information Technology systems
• Creating systems to manage information
• Using social media in business

Plus a range of optional units.


BTEC Extended Diploma

Mandatory Units
• information Technology systems
• Creating systems to manage information
• Using social media in business
• Programming
• iT Project management
• Cyber security and incident management • iT service delivery

Plus a range of optional units.

Entry requirements

Level 4 in English Language.


The course will be assessed with a combination of an examination, external assessment and internally assessed coursework.

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

This qualification is welcomed by the majority of universities and Higher Education colleges for entry to HND and degree courses. Advice on opportunities for further study will be provided during your time at New College. The course is also excellent preparation for a career in the IT Industry.

Further information

What skills do I need?

Be able to work on your own to solve problems and undertake research assignments to given timescales. Good organisational skills and an ability to recognise and meet deadlines.

An ability to analyse a problem and carry out evaluations. An enthusiastic interest for computers, with an awareness of the contexts in which they are used.

How will I be taught?

The units are taught by individual specialist teachers. The teaching is practical-based, using high specification hardware and the latest versions of industry standard software including MS Office and Adobe CS6. The College VLE Moodle is used extensively for the delivery and management of the course.

How much private study should I expect to do?
As an approximate guideline, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT requires 4½ hours per week of independent study.

What materials will I need to purchase?
You will benefit greatly from having Microsoft Office. Student licences can be purchased privately at a cost of approximately £60 from

What is the exam board?

This subject is for you if…
you prefer the ‘hand’s on’ approach to studying IT

This subject is not for you if…
you are not well organised and struggle to meet deadlines

"I found the course really interesting, due to the fact that there were many different units within the course and all of them were really enjoyable and fun. The teachers were really helpful so overall it makes for a great course."  

Daniel Shires – Wakefield City Academy

"Throughout the whole year I found that the course was very fun and interesting due to learning new things and meeting new people."

Charlie Robertson – The King’s High School


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: 02 October 2018
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