INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY* – BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
Examining Board: OCR Head of Department: Mr G Meers
This qualification will provide learners with the opportunity through applied learning to develop core principles and specialist knowledge and understanding required in the IT sector. You will focus on necessary components of IT usage with particular focus on Global information systems and principles of IT. This qualification is the equivalent of one A Level.
What is the course structure?
Learners will take five units to achieve this qualification. There are three mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security. The first two mandatory units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale and important legal and security considerations. The third mandatory unit reflects an important development in the sector around information security and requires learners to consider how data should be protected and the response of the IT sector to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism. Learners must then take two of the four optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR.
All units assist in the development of transferrable skills such as communication and problem solving. The optional units encourage the development of time management, research and analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills.
Entry Criteria: GCSE grade 5 in English and Maths
Where will this course lead?
This qualification is designed for learners 16 years old or over who want to continue their education through applied learning by developing their knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and global information systems. Achievement of this qualification can support progression to go on and study relevant IT degrees in a Higher Education institution such as, Computing and IT, Computing Science, Software Developments, Software Engineering, ICT and Computer Networks or Business Information Systems.