Information Technology BTEC Level 3

“Feeling a little uncomfortable with your skills is a sign of learning, and continuous learning is what the tech industry thrives on.”
- Vanessa Husrt - Co-founder of Girl Develop it (GDI), non-profit organization devoted to supporting women to pursue careers in web and software development.

Subject Leader:
Ms Duarte
KS5 Subject Teachers: Mr Delaney, Mr Osemwengie

Subject Leader:
Ms Duarte
KS5 Subject Teachers: Mr Delaney, Mr Osemwengie

The aim of the IT department is to inspire our students with a love of learning and to equip them with knowledge and to develop skills that stand the test of time. We aim to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in various IT systems, web design, and database software development. This will enable them to progress to further study in the IT sector or other industry related sectors.

The IT Department offers the BTEC National Extended Certificate qualification equivalent to one A level. Learners cover a wide range of various specialist IT subject areas including computer hardware and software, computer networks, emerging technologies, computer security and legislation, uses and impact of IT systems in organisations, website design and database development. Assessment allows learners to build on their skills needed for Higher Education and includes written examinations, controlled assessments (in which a pre-release material is studied in advance) as well as internal assignments.

Course offered:  BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology

Length of course:  2 Years

Specification:  Edexcel

Number of lessons per week:  6 lessons a week

Core units for this course include:
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information (Databases)
Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
Unit 6: Website Development

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is intended as an Applied General qualification covering 360 GLH and equivalent in size to one A Level. It is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.

The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in IT systems, database systems management, and web development. This will enable learners to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors and allow progression to a variety of degrees when combined with other suitable Level 3 qualifications.

Possible Careers:

  • Software engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Computer Games designer
  • App developer
  • Web Developer
  • Computer programmer
  • System Analyst
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Forensic Computer Analyst

Further Reading:

  • Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold. “What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? …see how ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries.”
  • The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work by Daniel Hillis. Explains the basic concepts of the computer in everyday language.
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick. A chronicle that shows how information has become “the modern era’s defining quality – the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.”
  • Outnumbered: From Facebook and Google to fake news and filter-bubbles – the algorithms that control our lives by David Sumpter. An applied mathematician takes a look at what algorithms are doing with our data and how they are changing our lives.
  • AI: Its Nature and Future by Margaret A Boden. “Reviews the philosophical and technological challenges raised by Artificial Intelligence, considering whether programs could ever be really intelligent, creative or even conscious, and shows how the pursuit of Artificial Intelligence has helped us to appreciate how human and animal minds are possible.”
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of NASA’s African-American female ‘Human Computers’.

Trips & Extra Curricular Club/Activities:

Ada Lovelace Day – Webinar

Computing Live! At Disneyland Paris
Computing LIVE! is a fantastic opportunity to bring the curriculum to life and inspire your future career.

The trip provides you expert and live speaker presentations to give you the opportunity to access people from high profile organisations. You can listen to their real-life experiences and hear how fundamental principles and concepts of computing are applied in the real world to offer real solutions to everyday problems, as well as understanding the different directions a career in computing could take.