The BTEC Information Technology Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT is a two-year course. The course leads to a qualification the equivalent of one A Level. BTEC Information Technology is an excellent grounding to go onto further study in an IT-related subject. On the other hand, you may use your qualification to seek an apprenticeship or employment.  IT provides many transferable skills.

The vocational nature of this course means that there is an emphasis on developing practical skills in key areas of IT/Computing. The assessment of the course is 57% exam and 43% coursework portfolio.

What will I study on my BTEC Information Technology course?

The mandatory units for this qualification are;

  • Creating systems to manage information (Practical exam)
  • Using social media in business (Coursework)

Additional units of study are:

  • Information Technology systems (written exam)
  • Data Modelling (Coursework)

To study this course successfully, it is important to have an interest in IT/Computer science and to be disciplined in the production of your coursework. You must be willing to explore new ideas and concepts and you will also be expected to work on coursework outside of lesson time. Therefore, you must use your study periods efficiently to complete assignment work and revise for your external examinations.

BTEC Information Technology Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 4 in ICT or pass in equivalent ICT qualification (if studied). Additionally, a GCSE grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics.

BTEC Information Technology course leaflet

Exam board course specification

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BTEC Information Technology

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BTEC IT Alumni

Ben O’ Connor – Cyber Security, Northumbria University

Megan Brown

James Darwin, 2014-2016 – Now in Royal Air Force

Charlie Harding – In 2nd year of PHD at The University of Liverpool

What Our Students Say

The best part about studying at Carmel college is the welcoming environment that both the teachers and students provided throughout my two years here. I knew that no matter the issue there would always be a member of staff that would help me when I needed them the most.

IT has been one of my favourite subjects ever since high school and I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to handle the work load of the subject when I did it in college. However, the subject is laid out in an easy way, that allows you to balance all of your subjects and hobbies like gym or after school classes like chess club which I do on Fridays after school.

After leaving Carmel college I hope I’m able to go to edge hill university to get my PHD in psychology and become a clinical psychologist.

Billy Frank Barrow