BTEC Extended Certificate

Information Technology


The BTEC Extended Certificate in Information Technology is a two year course which is equivalent to one A Level. It is designed to support learners who are interested in learning about the computing sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in the computing sector.  It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Course Content

You will study your two core units in your first year:

  • Creating Systems to Manage Information 
  • Using Social Media in Business

In your second year your units of study are:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Website Development

Methods of Teaching

The BTEC Nationals in Computing & IT are an advanced level vocational qualifications which involve the theoretical and practical study of both computer hardware and software related topics.  The course provides specialist knowledge, transferable skills and hands on practical experience in core topics within the Computing & IT sectors. The course has a unit based structure and you will be able to apply the knowledge you gain over a mixture of exams and project-based assessments.  The course content is equally suited to both male and female students due to its diverse programme of study. 

Where Could It Take Me?

The BTEC Nationals in Computing & IT are recognised by both higher education establishments and industry.  The courses are suitable for students who have a keen interest in following a career in the wide field of IT and Computing and who may wish to go directly into employment after completing the qualification as well as those who wish to embark on a degree course at university.

When taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels, these qualifications provide an opportunity to progress to a degree in a computing discipline or a degree where computing-related skills and knowledge may be advantageous, such as business studies.

These qualification carry UCAS points and are recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

The Extended Certificate will be assessed using a mixture of internal and external assessment. 2 units are externally assessed by the examination board and 2 units are assessed internally at the college via coursework.  The course is made up of Mandatory content (58%) which is internally assessed and (42%) External assessment.

There are no examinations.

Financial Implications

The course is predominately taught via the College Intranet and Moodle. There may be some costs for printing but this will be minimal.  Course booklets can be purchased through the college online shop.  There are two core books published as course companions which students are advised to purchase once you have started your course. 

There are likely to be trips and visits to industry which may incur some expense but we will endeavour to cover costs where possible.

The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.