Computing in IT - National Extended Certificate

Who is this qualification for?
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is intended as an Applied General qualification covering 360 GLH and equivalent in size to one A Level. It is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to 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.
Learners will develop a common 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.

What does this qualification cover?
The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in IT systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable learners to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors.
Learners will study the following units:
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (synoptic)
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information
Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business.
Unit 4: Programming
Unit 6: Website Development.
Unit 19: The Internet of Things
The qualification will allow progression to a variety of degrees when combined with other suitable Level 3 qualifications.

How does the qualification provide employability skills?
In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:
• Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
• Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
• Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.
There are also specific requirements in some units for assessment of these skills where relevant, for example, where learners are required to undertake real or simulated activities.

What qualification will I gain?

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology

Entry requirements?

5 GCSEs at grades 9- 5 including English and Mathematics or BTEC L2 Extended Certificate in IT or equivalent qualification

What progression options will I have?

The qualification, when studied with other Level 3 qualifications, is aimed at progression to higher education but also enables leaners to develop knowledge and skills needed for entry-level roles related to IT, including vocational apprenticeship roles and trainee/entry-level roles such as a social media specialist, web/content developer, or business analyst.

What costs are involved?

Tuition Fees:
16-18 - free
19+ Advanced Learning Loan - £2500

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £145

Other Costs (payable by all students): £50 Material Fee

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.