BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Certificate (Year 1) to Extended Certificate (Year 2) – Equivalent to an A Level
  • Extended Certificate (Year 1) to Diploma (Year 2) – Equivalent to two A Levels

Course Description

The Information Technology sector including aspects of the creative industry, are high growth sectors and sectors where skills are highly sought-after. The IT industry can open many doors as it is a key enabler to every other industry in the UK.
Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.

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

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; Access, website 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.

During your course you will assessed in a variety of ways such as internally assessed coursework units and externally assessed examined units.

The E6 Programme is an opportunity to enhance and broaden your skills and abilities. There are a range of course-related opportunities, including visits to local universities, including Solent University, along with professionally-led workshop sessions delivered through the curriculum by local IT-based organisations and visits from local guest speakers. 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 BTEC qualification in Information Technology is widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression into the workplace either directly or via study at higher level. Success in this course will demonstrate to universities or potential employers your ability to both communicate effectively and a range of vocational skills, such as; knowledge of Information Technology systems, managing information systems and developing website and a range of interpersonal skills.

During the course there will be externally assessed units in January and June and a moderation visit where students’ work will be submitted for external moderation normally between March and July.