“Students will develop those 21st Century skills that will allow them to ‘hit the ground running’ when they move on to the next stage of their lives”

Course Detail

BTEC Information technology is designed for those who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study. This course is designed with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT. Students 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.

By studying BTEC Information Technology, students investigate the role of people and technology in organisations and develop an awareness of the social, moral and economic implications of introducing new technology; they will develop those 21st Century skills that will allow them to ‘hit the ground running’ when they move on to the next stage of their lives, whether that’s into further study, or employment.

This course is equivalent to 1 A-Level.

How will I be assessed?

This course has both internally and externally assessed components. Internally assessed units require students to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate tools/processes.

The requirements of the course will be met through a variety of assignments which are assessed through presentations, role play and by completing coursework tasks in controlled conditions. Externally assessed units:

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate has one written exam lasting 1.5 hours and one externally assessed coursework task lasting 10 hours.

Additional Entry Requirements

English GCSE: D
Maths GCSE: D
Computer Science or ICT
GCSE C or above is desirable

Required grades for English and Maths may be revised in August 2017.

Where can this course take me?

This qualification gives students the opportunity to enter employment in the IT sector or to progress to a higher level of qualification in IT, including university courses. It is valued by employers as it provides the opportunity for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.


King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee. Company number 07002160. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.

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