ICT Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology -

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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology, 360 G

WHY STUDY ICT?

In today's world, where ICT is constantly changing, individuals will increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data. These skills are now as essential as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy. The impact of ICT on society is enormous and as the percentage of businesses and households connected to communication networks such as the internet grows, so does the need for individuals who can master and manipulate these new technologies. As well as the rapid development of new technologies that gather, organise and share information, familiar technologies like television, telephone and computers are evolving and being expanded by digitised information, causing a convergence of technologies. BETC ICT encourages you to become a discerning user of ICT. It allows you to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding. This could form a basis for progression into further learning, including progression towards a university degree and/or employment. The course covers a wide range of practical skills that employers are increasingly requesting when recruiting staff. You will leave this course with solid ICT skills that will place you in a strong position to progress to degree level study and/ or gain employment in the IT industry.

PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems. Written 2 hour examination set and marked by the exam board, out of a total of 90 marks.

Unit 2: You will study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information. A task set and marked by the exam board and completed under supervised conditions. The supervised assessment period is ten hours arranged over a number of sessions in a 1 week assessment period timetabled by the exam board. Completed using a computer and submitted electronically, this is out of a total of 66 marks.

Unit 3: You will explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Learners also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.

Unit 6: You will investigate website development principles. They will design and develop a website using scripting languages. This qualification 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.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

ICT Degrees, Multimedia Degrees, Software design /database design courses. CISCO Microsoft certified courses. Careers in software design, database management and IT support

CURRENT STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES

"This course is a real challenge. We are learning skills that will help us in all our subjects and at university.”

- Year 13 students in Class 13A

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You must have achieved at least a grade B grade in ICT GCSE, or equivalent. Grade 4 or higher is also required in mathematics and English at GCSE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Mr N Farn nfa@sandon.essex.sch.uk