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BTEC in Information Technology

 Exam Type:

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (equivalent to one A level)

Exam Board: Pearson/Edexcel

Course Requirements:

It is expected that students who have already studied ICT at GCSE have obtained at least a Grade 5, otherwise a Grade 5 in Mathematics is necessary to cope successfully with the course.

Course Content:

BTEC Nationals are demanding, as you would expect of the most respected applied learning qualification in the UK.

You will have to complete a range of units, be organised, take some assessments that will be set and marked by Edexcel, and keep a portfolio of your assignments for internal assessment.

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.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in IT systems, systems management and social media in business.


Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (synoptic) –written exam 2 hours:

  1. Digital devices in IT systems
  2. Transmitting data
  3. Operating online
  4. Protecting data and information
  5. Impact of IT systems
  6. Moral, legal and ethical issues

 Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information – external assessment

  1. The purpose and structure of relational database management systems
  2. Standard methods and techniques to design relational database solutions
  3. Creating a relation database structure
  4. Evaluating a database development project

Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business – coursework:

  1. Explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services
  2. Develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet requirements
  3. Implement the use of social media in a business

Unit 4: Data Modelling – coursework:

  1. Investigate data modelling and how it can be used in the decision-making process
  2. Design a data model to meet client requirements
  3. Develop a data model to meet client requirements

Career Opportunities/Progression:

This qualification is designed for students who are 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, not necessarily in IT.

When taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications, or A Levels the qualification gives students the opportunity to progress to a degree in an information technology discipline or a degree where information technology related skills and knowledge may be advantageous