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

Venue
Alton Campus

Type of study
Full-Time

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
Edexcel

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Overview

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.


I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student