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Information Technology (BTEC) 2020/2022

With the new BTEC National Extended Certificate ICT, students get the chance to produce a practical response to a digital brief, and gain valuable skills for a future in the digital industry. During the course, students can assess whether the digital industry aligns with their expectations, by providing them with an insight into the skills and knowledge they'll need to succeed in this sector.


Information Technology (IT) involves the use of computers widely in industry and commerce. The UK is one of the leading digital nations, and its economy has the highest percentage of GDP involved in the digital economy in Europe. The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) shows that the digital economy includes almost 270,000 UK digital companies, and 11% of all jobs.

BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assignments. Students perform independent research alongside the case studies provided, focusing on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required for success in employment and Higher Education.

This course uses a combination of assessment styles to give students the confidence to apply their knowledge, succeed in the workplace, and have the study skills for lifelong learning. The range of vocational assessments, both practical and written, means students can show case their learning and achievements when they take their next step, whether that’s supporting applications to Higher Education courses or potential employers.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: Edexcel Pearson National Extended Certificate
Qualification Title: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
Qualification Specification Code:
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Edexcel Pearson National Extended Certificate webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows:
• Information Technology Systems
• Creating Systems to Manage Information
• Using Social Media in Business
• Website Development

Possible Career Paths

The BTEC qualification, when studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications, is aimed at progression to Higher Education. However, it also enables students to develop the 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, Content Developer, Web Developer or Business Analyst.

For students wanting to study for an IT-related degree, opportunities would include Undergraduate courses in Computer Arts, Software Development for Animation, Website Development, Games Design and Development and more.

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Miss Burden, Mr West

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