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St Peter's
Catholic School

Extended Certificate - IT

Paul Bates

Head of IT

 
 
 
WHY STUDY THE BTEC IN IT?

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is an excellent way for students to further develop their knowledge and skills of IT. The course is aimed at students who are more vocational and want a practical hands-on experience of using computers. The course will help develop a number of skills and improve your understanding of how IT is used in industry.

FUTURE ACADEMIC AND CAREER PATHWAYS

This course will provide students with a foundation to pursue a number of career and academic opportunities. The BTEC Extended Certificate is the equivalent to one A Level qualification and is accepted by many universities across the UK. Many students who complete this course go on to study an IT related course or apprenticeship.

COURSE CONTENT

Students will be studying the Edexcel syllabus.

Year 12

Unit 2: Creating systems to manage information – developing relational databases

Unit 3: Using social media in business – developing an effective social media strategy

Year 13

Unit 1: Information technology systems – understanding the use of IT systems

Unit 6: Website development – developing an effective web-based solution

ASSESSMENT

Year 12

Unit 2: On-screen assessment, 10 hours, externally assessed. You will develop a database solution to a scenario provided by the exam board.

Unit 3: Two assignments, internally assessed. You will complete two assignments based on a scenario. Each assignment targets specific standards that contribute to the final grade for the unit.

Year 13

Unit 1: Written exam, 2 hours, externally assessed.

Unit 6: Two assignments, internally assessed. You will complete two assignments based on a scenario. Each assignment targets specific standards that contribute to the final grade for the unit.

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Leading a KS3 Computing Club.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above.