BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: OCR

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

• Certificate (1 Year, equivalent to an AS level)
• Extended Certificate (2 Years, equivalent to an A level)

Course Description

The world of IT is an ever-growing career field, with new IT specialisms rapidly developing. The courses offer a wide range of opportunities to explore and develop skills across a broad range of IT specialisms. They also cover key themes such as design, security, business, and technical elements.

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Please refer to the basic entry requirements for this course/level.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

The size of the qualification you take will determine the number of units you take over one or two years. For both the Certificate and Extended Certificate qualifications, you will be required to complete two mandatory units: Communication & Employability and Information Systems. A range of specialist units will also be delivered across the programme to support business, design and technical-progression pathways. Example units that may be offered include: Social Media for Business; E-Commerce; Digital Graphics; Website Production; Installing Software and Hardware, and Computer Maintenance.

This ICT course has been designed to be accessible for all learners who wish to learn or pursue a career within the IT industry, whether you have studied ICT before, or you are taking the subject for the first time. Whilst on the course, you will develop a broad range of ICT skills necessary for progression on technical, business or creative pathways. You will study a wide range of IT software including; Adobe Photoshop, website and app development software, and online IT-based application software. During the course you will also develop an important range of employability skills to further support your future progression options, through the development of your research, report writing and communication skills.

This course is 100% coursework-based and you will be assessed through a range of assessment methods including; practical-based activities, reports, presentations and video-based assessments.

The E6 Programme is an opportunity to enhance and broaden your skills and abilities. There are a range of course-related opportunities, including a trip to the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour, to explore how ICT was used to create the film and the supporting marketing material. There will be visits to local universities, including Portsmouth University, along with professionally-led workshop sessions delivered through the curriculum by local IT-based organisations. The E6 Programme will support your next steps with workshops focusing on topics such as self-presentation and how to create an online professional image.

The IT industry has a broad range of job opportunities and the ICT course at level 3 has been designed to support learners whose future aims are to work in the field of IT, whether this is within a business, technical or more creative capacity. There are many progression opportunities within IT; there are broad range of university courses and an excellent range of higher-level apprenticeship options in IT, depending on the progression route you wish to follow.

During the course there will two moderation visits where students’ work will be submitted for external moderation. The times of each moderation will vary, although visits will normally take place between February to July.