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BTEC in Information Technology Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate at Darrick Wood School

Course description

The course is designed for students who are interested in creation of IT systems to manage and share information with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.  Students develop a core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.  Website design and development is undertaken in Year 13. This content has been developed to give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Course content

This is a two-year course during which time students develop their knowledge and skills in IT systems; a systems management; social media in business and development of websites. A typical structure may look like this: Year 12 – Certificate: Unit 3  Social Media in Business, Unit 2  Creating Systems to Manage Information. Year 13 – Extended Certificate: Unit 1  Information Technology Systems, Unit 6  Website Development.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics and Merit at ECDL or 5 at DWSInternal Qoalification or IT equivalent


Assessment is a combination of assignments, controlled assessment and external examinations.   Units 1 and 2 are externally assessed by the examination board and controlled assessment is internally marked and externally moderated by the examination board.  Assignments are internally marked.  External assessment counts towards 58% of the overall qualification.

Future opportunities

The course gives students a wide choice of progression routes into further study, training or relevant employment in Information Technology. Students may move on to degrees, apprenticeships or employment in areas such as Business Information Technology, Website Creation, Software Development, Systems Support, Social Media, Systems/Business analysis.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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