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Luton Sixth Form

IT (BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate)

Why Study IT?

The use of Information Technology (IT) is now a way of life for everyone. The majority of jobs involve this use of IT either directly or indirectly. This course will give you a broad idea of how IT is used in different ways within the workplace or elsewhere; the importance of communicating correctly; or how information is stored or sent from one place to another. You will experience using up-to-date hardware and software including making websites and producing digital graphics. The e-commerce
unit explores how IT and business are used to create opportunities.

Entry Requirements

In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:

  • GCSE English – grade 3
  • GCSE Maths – grade 3

We would expect all students to show considerable enthusiasm for IT.

The Course

The course is externally assessed for Units 1 and 2, and Units 3 and 6 are assessed from coursework with a commitment from students to attend all classes, work at all class activities and to meet all deadlines. Provided your first year is successful, you are expected to continue this course into the second year.

Course Activities

Students learn through a variety of activities including investigating software applications, practical work, case studies, discussions, note-taking, reading and individual research. Coursework will be presented by text, number and evidence from several applications. The course is also designed to help you improve general skills such as communication, working with other people and self-management.

Career and Progression Opportunities

IT and e-commerce are rapidly developing areas and there will be many employment opportunities for people with this qualification. It is a good qualification to have in order to use with many other subjects. The qualification can also lead to Higher Education, either a foundation course in a related field or a suitable degree course. Most of our students studying ICT vocational courses in recent years have either gone on to university to study a variety of subjects or have taken up apprenticeship in a relevant field.

Course Structure and Assessment

This course is the equivalent of one A Level. You will complete four units over two years. Assessment is through portfolio assignments for two units and external exams for the other units.

Year 1:

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems This externally-assessed unit looks at information technology systems withing businesses and the skills that are required to do this effectively. You will investigate the type of skills required to work in the IT environment.

Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information This externally-assessed unit looks at using, customising and maintaining a computer information system.

Year 2:

Unit 6: Website Production This unit considers the whole process of website development from identification of need, design, build, upload, test, maintain and review. You will learn how to identify when and where to use the skills you will acquire for website design.

Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business Learners explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Learners also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.

Additional Information

Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel


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