Computing in IT - National Extended Certificate

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT Level 3 will give you the essential knowledge, understanding and skills to progress into a specific area of work incorporating the use of ICT and move onto a more responsible job if already in employment. Equivalent to 1 GCE A Level, it means that when you have finished the course you can choose whether to look for employment, progress onto year 2 to achieve the Extended Diploma (worth 3 A levels), or go into Higher Education.

The nature of the course structure allows the qualification to be flexible and adapted to meet your interests and aspirations, and with the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment. If successful there are a wide variety of potential careers that you can explore.

This course contains theoretical and practical elements, learning by completing projects and assessments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

The course is structured such that you will focus on a particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge and learn about the employment area that you have chosen as well as developing the skills you need to start a career in IT.

Year 1: (Subsidiary)

- Communication and Employability Skills in IT
- E-Commerce
- Principles of Software Development and Design
- Computer Systems
- Computer Networks
- Website Production and Management
- Digital Graphics
- IT Systems Troubleshooting and Repair

This course includes the opportunity to take part in an industry placement in a sector relevant to your qualification and study programme. The placement will take place 1 or 2 days per week on the days when you are not in college studying. Industry placements are designed to give you the skills to start work at the end of your studies, progress into an apprenticeship, or to add to your UCAS statement.

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.