Digital : Information Technology

BTEC Extended Certificate Level 3

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Availability & Details

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

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board

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You have the opportunity to become one of 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 you experience in 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.

You 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 you if you prefer coursework.

At HSDC Alton 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.

No additional costs. All course textbooks are available online.

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC 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

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student