ICT & Computing

Course Title: ICT & Computing Pathway

Exam Board and Specification No. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology & Computing

Why is this subject important, valuable and engaging?

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 explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, andthe way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.

This unit will give you a fundamental and synoptic understanding of all areas of IT, supporting your progression to an IT-related higher education course.

During the study of this exciting course pupils can expect to complete a range of units on such subjects as App development, Multimedia, Databases, Social Media for business Web Development, Animation, Computer Systems, Information Systems and Project Planning with IT, equipping pupils with a large skillset in preparation for the workplace. Students are encouraged to be entrepreneurs and start their business lives eg by developing their own apps, IT support businesses etc.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course?

Passion for technology and ICT/Computing. It is helpful if you have studied ICT, Computing or Digital Media based courses at GCSE. However, this is not vital. If you are engaged and interested in the subject and willing to learn new skills then we are happy to have you on the course.

What will I learn on this course?

You will look at website development, coding, uses of ICT in social media and how ICT systems work. Alongside this you will learn transferable skills including data modelling, database management and information surrounding cyber security.

Software packages include:
Access database management
Adobe Creative Cloud
Students may also use other programming languages

What key skills will I develop?

In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give
learners practice in developing employability skills. Where employability skills are referred to in this
specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:

• 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

• interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and

How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework)

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.

Students can also choose a Computing pathway which will look at coding and app development.

What could this course lead to?

This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting
admission requirements to many relevant courses. As the content is equivalent in size to one
A Level, higher education representatives have confirmed that it is appropriate to allow learners to
choose their optional units from a wide range so that they can explore their own choice of areas for
further study. The qualification supports entry to, for example:

BA (Hons) in Computer Arts/ Computing

BA Cyber security

BSc (Hons) in Fashion Buying Management

BSc (Hons) in Software Development for Animation

BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.

What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include?

Visits to companies such as INTEL to help broaden knowledge of the computing industry. There will also be opportunities to visit theme parks and look at how ICT systems are used within that environment to ensure the safety of consumers.  

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?