Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in IT (2016 suite) is designed to provide a specialist work-related alternative to an A-Level GCE. The course runs over 2 years.
Year 1 (2018-19)
You will study the following 2 mandatory units in year 1:
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information
In order to produce information to support many business processes as well as our social lives, relational databases are widely used to manage and process data. You will examine the structure of data and its origins, and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database. You will study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.
Unit 2 Assessment: This unit is externally assessed through a task set and marked by Pearson over 10 hours in a one-week period.
Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
Social media websites are a popular way for people to communicate and share information with friends and family. People spend a lot of time on social media websites and they give businesses opportunities to interact with people, for example to promote their business, to encourage people to visit their e-commerce site and buy, to provide customer service.
Unit 3 Assessment: This unit is assessed by written assignments
Year 2: (2019-2020)
You will study the following mandatory units in year 2:
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
Information Technology (IT) systems have a significant role in the world around us and play a part in almost everything we do. Having a sound understanding of how to effectively select and use appropriate IT systems will benefit you personally and professionally. You will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals.
Unit 1 Assessment: This unit is externally assessed through a 2 hour written examination set and marked by Pearson
You will study 1 of the following optional units in year 2:
Unit 5: Data Modelling
In all aspects of life, individuals are constantly faced with situations where they must weigh up the available information in order to produce alternatives and make decisions. In the working environment, effective decision making can ensure the successful development of organisations. Poor decision making can have significant negative consequences and can even lead to the demise of an organisation. In this unit, you will investigate the fundamentals of the decision-making process. You will find out how using data modelling provides the computational ability to compare consequences, and determine a preferred course of action.
Unit 5 Assessment: This unit is assessed by internal assigment
Unit 6: Website Development
Increasingly, organisations rely on websites to serve customers and, in some cases, to generate revenue. With millions of web pages being created daily, the need for websites to be engaging, innovative and desirable is important. As a website developer, you must use sophisticated techniques to capture user interest and to ensure that customers are served. The scripting involved in the development of websites has become crucial: website developers need to understand and acquire the necessary skills to find solutions to a variety of scenarios and problems.
Unit 6 Assessment: This unit is assessed by internal assignment
This course is taught using lectures, demonstrations, practical work, group activity and individual study. Teachers are not only well qualified and experienced but also provide students with a high level of professional support.
This is a very practical course with ample opportunities for hands-on experience. There are possible external visits to see ICT in practice and regular workshop support available.
The Extended Certificate is assessed by a 10 hour exam, a 2 hour written exam and a portfolio. It is graded: Pass, Merit, and Distinction. Students can obtain a Distinction* grade overall.
Resources and Facilities
Students will study in well-equipped classrooms. Each student will have access to a PC – all of which are high specification and are loaded with appropriate up-to-date software.
Provisional entry requirements
As part of a level 3 programme, a minimum of five GCSEs, or equivalent, at grade
A* - C or 4 – 9 including English Language and Maths.
Previous ICT skills are advantageous but not a prerequisite.