Information Technology - BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

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 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 you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in IT systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable you to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors.

Please note:
This course is only available to students studying two A-levels at the Sixth Form Centre at the South Sefton Campus. Students are only permitted to study one BTEC alongside two A-levels.

What topics/modules are covered?

Year 1:

In Year 1, you will explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services. You will learn how to develop a plan to use social media within a business context and then implement its use by creating profiles to build your own online community for the business. You will move on to study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information. Within a given scenario, you will examine the structure of data and its origins, and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database.

Year 2:

In Year 2, you will study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations and you will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact they have on organisations and individuals. You will learn how to create a suitable data model for a given scenario and develop skills to use spreadsheets to complete a set of tasks.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Coursework – Using Social Media in Business
  • Controlled Assessment – Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • 10 hours timed assessment (over a 5-day period)
  • Coursework – Data Modelling
  • Examination – Information Technology Systems (2 hours)

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

IT offers a wide range of employment and higher education possibilities in areas such as social media marketing, multimedia, systems analysis, information system management, virtual reality, computer animation, interactive computer entertainment and computing.

What qualification will I gain?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology.

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 11:23