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Entry requirements

Pupils must have completed an ICT qualification at Level 2 which is equivalent to a Merit or Distinction and grade 4 English GCSE.

Who is it for?

The Pearson BTEC level 3 national extended certificate in information technology is intended as an applied general qualification covering 360 guided learning hours, and is equivalent in size to 1 a level. It is designed for students interested in an introduction to the study of creating it systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, but not necessarily in it.

Course Structure

The course provides pupils with a foothold in the real IT world. Pupils are required to demonstrate a range of skills including independent learning, research and analysis skills. They will develop their use of software by using advanced tools on programs and experience a range of software from Microsoft to the Adobe suite.
Independence is a key skill which they will develop to pursue a career in IT.

Units include:

  • Fundamentals of IT
  • Database development
  • Website Development
  • Social Media


4 units of work (2 Exam units and 2 Centre-assessed units)

University Pathways

Pupils can progress onto most IT and Computing courses as well as supporting in applying for:

  • BA (Hons) in Computer Arts
  • BSc (Hons) in Fashion Buying Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Software Development for Animation
  • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.

Apprenticeship Pathways

The qualification, when studied with other Level 3 qualifications, is aimed at progression to higher education but also enables learners to develop knowledge and skills needed for entry-level roles related to IT, including vocational apprenticeship roles and trainee/entry-level roles such as a social media specialist, web/content developer, or business analyst.

Career Opportunities

An IT apprenticeship or a variety of careers in the IT or creative industries, including:

  • Computer Games Development,
  • Website development,
  • Software development
  • Programmer
  • Systems analysis.