IT Level 3

Level 3

Qualification BTEC National Extended Certificate

Duration 2 years

What will I study?

Important note: The scope of IT courses is regularly changing so we reserve the right to amend the units offered or change the awarding body we work with if we feel this is in the best interest of our learners.

What will I study?

Certificate (Year 1)

In Year 1 the units you will study are both compulsory units:

Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information – “learners study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.”

Assessed by: Tasks set and marked by Pearson; completed on a computer (and submitted electronically) under supervised conditions for 10 hours.

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.”

Assessed by: Coursework – internally marked.


Extended Certificate (Year 2)

In Year 2 you will study one compulsory unit and one unit that we have selected:

Unit 1 Information Technology Systems (compulsory unit) – “learners study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.”

Assessed by: Examination

Unit 6 Website Development – “learners investigate website development principles. They will design and develop a website using scripting languages.”

Assessed by: Coursework – internally marked

Study Visits

Visiting speakers from local universities such as Sheffield Hallam University.


1 examined unit and 1 coursework unit per year.

Entry Criteria

5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 in 4 different subjects including 4 in English and Maths.

If you do not have a grade 4 in GCSE English, a grade 7 or Distinction in a 1 GCSE equivalent ICT course could serve as an alternative.

Useful Supporting Courses

Some students combine IT with courses such as Business, Art or Media Studies but it can be studied alongside any other subject as it builds very useful IT skills in its own right.

Students have gone on to careers in / as: ​

IT support, Digital media and Website design.

Culture Vulture

Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.

BTEC IT Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

BTEC IT Flying Start 2021

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

BTEC IT Course Overview