Digital : Information Technology

BTEC Extended Certificate Level 3

Students have the opportunity to become the IT professionals of tomorrow and may find employment in a wide range of fields or continue to an IT-related course at university. These courses have been designed to give students experience of a wide range of IT skills including graphics, animation, programming, networks and technical theory relating to computer components and system maintenance. You’ll work individually and as part of a team on a number of assessment activities designed to reflect the use of IT in the real world.

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IT, BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate AF-ICTE3T-D(0000)002

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.

At Alton College on the BTEC National Extended Certificate in IT you will study:

  • Information Technology Systems Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Data Modelling

IT is now embedded in our society and is a vital part of industries as diverse as entertainment, banking manufacturing and leisure. The growth in IT services, networking and data management is a key feature in global economies and the IT job market remains strong. If you are interested in a career in IT or a related field then this two year programme will give you a good understanding across a broad range of IT specialisms.

Lessons will take place in our specialist IT centre and will comprise a mix of theoretical and practical sessions. A selection of assignments and homework tasks will be set to cover the unit content. The assignments may be practical, research based or theoretical.

Internal and External Assessment

None - online course textbook is available

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Katie Whittingham, A Level student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

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