The purpose of the ICT department at Withernsea High school is to provide an exciting insight into new technologies, how computers behave, operate and affect our lives.

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is intended as an Applied General qualification covering 360 GLH and equivalent in size to one A-Level. It is designed for learners 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.

What will I learn?

Learners 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 learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in IT systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable learners to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors.

Learners will study three mandatory units:

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (synoptic).

Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information. 

Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business.

This qualification includes a choice of optional units, including:

Unit 5: Data Modelling.

Unit 6: Website Development.

This will allow progression to a variety of degrees when combined with other suitable Level 3 qualifications. 


What next?

The qualification, when studied with other Level 3 qualifications, is aimed at progression to higher education but also enables leaners to develop knowledge and skills needed for entry-level roles related to IT, including vocational apprenticeship roles and trainee/entry-level roles such as a social media specialist, web/content developer, or business analyst. 

How does the qualification provide employability skills? 

Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology. 

Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.

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nterpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.