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Information Technology (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

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Course Overview

Entry requirements

English Language grade 4, Maths grade 4, plus 3 other grade 4 GCSEs.


The ICT BTEC Extended Diploma is a two-year qualification equivalent to three A Levels. It is designed for students who are interested in progressing to further study in IT-related disciplines. IT systems have a significant role in the world around us and play a part in almost everything we do. This course gives students a broad base of knowledge of the IT sector. The optional units enable students to explore their own choice of areas to go on to further study and they will also have gained enough skills and knowledge to enable them to progress to employment in the IT sector.

This course is designed to be studied over two years and fully meets entry requirements for progression to a university degree course. You will work on a number of practical assignments in units and will be assessed on a grade scale of Pass, Merit or Distinction. Some units are mandatory and some are optional. You will study topics such as: Cyber Security, Animation (2D and 3D), Networking, Project Management, Multimedia, E-commerce, Website Production, Animation and Programming.

You can expect:

  • Employer involvement: Students get a taste of their career through direct contact with employers via a two-week work experience
  • Assignments: Set and marked by teachers and verified externally
  • Tasks: Provide students with work-based challenges in timed, realistic work conditions
  • Written exams: Students create written answers to practical questions in exam conditions

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. It is a full study programme and is therefore not taken with any other course. Having a sound understanding of IT systems will benefit you personally and professionally. You can apply the knowledge, skills and understanding gained to succeed in your future career.

  • Assessment Criteria

    YR 1 Coursework internally assessed 59% and External assessment 41% YR 2 Coursework internally assessed 58% and External assessment 42%
  • Further Information

    Two year Level 3 BTEC course of 12x 70min lessons per week (equivalent to 3 A Levels); subject to the successful completion of a Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels) in the first year.

Further Information

Successful completion of this course can lead to the study of higher education courses and university degrees, such as Information Technology, Digital Technology Solutions, Games Technology, Management for Business or Computer Forensics. It also enables students to develop knowledge and skills needed for entry-level roles related to IT, including vocational apprenticeship and trainee roles, such as a social media specialist, web/content developer, or business analyst.

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