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Information Technology BTEC National Extended Certificate

Equivalent to one A Level

This course provides you with an opportunity to take a totally fresh look at this exciting subject that permeates so much of the world in which we live.

The units covered will provide in depth study in a wide range of areas, from creating digital solutions to using social media within business.

The diversity of the course makes it extremely popular whatever your other subject choices are. It can be studied alongside other Level 3 courses including Computer Science or Computer Games Development & Cyber Security.

The Extended Certificate is a two year vocational course and is equivalent to one A Level.

What does the course involve?

You will study four units over two years. These include a mixture of technical and business influenced units.

Internal assessment involves both written and practical skills. The external assessment involves one written exam and a computer based task under supervised conditions.

Industry standard software is used throughout, including MS Office and Adobe CS6.

You will develop a variety of skills including:

  • Creating and managing digital systems.
  • Creating systems to manage information.
  • Using social media in business.
  • Data modelling.
  • Presentation and interview skills.
  • Industry/professional writing skills.


An optional trip to EGX, the UK's biggest games event, provides opportunities to play new games, hear from leading developers and get careers advice from the games industry.

There are visits to university Computer Science departments during the course.

Past trips have included the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park and the Science Museum in London.

What can you do after the course?

This course offers progression onto a wide range of degree courses, apprenticeships and careers, including network technician, programmer, web developer, systems analyst, digital media, information systems, network support, business, accountancy, teaching, advertising, and TV and film production.

I like that this course has a focus on the creative aspects of it as well as the computer coding; I really enjoy that.


Vince talks about the National Extended Certificate in IT