The BTEC IT Level 3 Extended Certificate course is a single award, equivalent to 1 A-Level and will give you the flexibility and freedom to study other BTEC courses or A-Levels. The course aims to teach you some of the practical skills required for IT related work as well as develop the general transferable skills required in the modern workplace.
You'll get an understanding of both the hardware and software that form an IT system, use real business scenarios to design and implement ICT solutions, develop your skills in data management and using social media in a business context. You'll learn to design, create, test and evaluate a relational database system to manage information of the kind that businesses use for managing data including information on customers, processes and stock. You'll explore the social media channels commonly used in business and prepare, monitor and evaluate a social media plan to promote an organisation's products and services. You'll have the opportunity to take an additional optional module covering either website design or data modelling.
You will learn through a combination of taught theory lessons, practical projects and assignments.
You could go into apprenticeship or trainee/entry-level roles, such as in administration, help desk support, help desk analysis, account management and customer service support. When taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications this course can lead to a variety of higher education courses including a degree in an IT discipline or a degree where IT related skills and knowledge may be advantageous.
You will be assessed through a 2-hour written exam, coursework and a set task completed online, under exam conditions. You will build a portfolio of evidence.