Information Technology - BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

2 years

Course Details

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.

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.

If you intend to study a programme of two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject you will need a Grade 5 in English Language and have four other Grade 4 qualifications including Maths.

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.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology
  • 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)
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
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.

University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.