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Information Technology Level 3 - BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate at Exeter College

Course description

This course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for learners thinking about employment as an IT user it is focused on the key software packages used by today's businesses. In your first year you will study the Certificate progressing to the Subsidiary Diploma in your second year. This qualification is equivalent to an AS in the first year and an A Level in the second year.

Teaching is undertaken in both theoretical aspects and practical workshop-type environments. The Faculty has a dedicated IT Lab for student use which enables learners to investigate computer hardware and software within a controlled environment adding to the high practical content. You will also be expected to undertake a considerable amount of study in your own time, researching topics and working on assignments. Your personal tutor will advise, help and encourage you with your work at college.

Course content

Course units first year (Certificate)

  • Communications and Employability Skills for IT
  • Computer Systems
  • Advanced Spreadsheet Skills
  • On successful completion of year one students can progress to the Subsidiary Diploma.

Course units second year (Subsidiary Diploma)

  • Advanced Database Skills
  • e-Commerce
  • Digital Graphics and Computers

Entry requirements

You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English Language and maths). Learners progressing from a Level 2 course will need a BTEC Level 2 Diploma with a good Merit profile along with English and maths at Grade C or above (or equivalent).


The course has no exams and is assessed 100% through coursework; this could take the form of written work, question and answer sessions or practical demonstrations. We aim to provide a range of teaching and assessment methodologies to ensure variety and appeal across a broad spectrum.

Future opportunities

This course provides the key IT skills needed in today's workplace it gives an overview on effective use of fundamental software packages. The course also demonstrates to learners the process required to maintain and upgrade a computer system. In the 2nd year students go on to look at the skills required to design and build their own websites.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2016
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