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.


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. Alternatively, you may also use your qualification to seek an apprenticeship or employment.  IT provides many transferable skills.

What you will study

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)


  • 53% External assessment – written and exam
  • 47% Coursework portfolio – Coursework assignments can be written reports, videos, leaflets, website etc

Course Support

  • Friendly, approachable tutor
  • Additional support on an individual basis
  • Regular group tutorials

Work Experience

You will receive help from our Work Experience Co-ordinator to find a placement. Placements can be during enrichment time or in the holidays. Examples include working at a software company, social media work, community based projects etc.


This course is an excellent grounding for further study in an IT-related subject or to seek an apprenticeship/employment.


Here are some examples of where our students have progressed to –

  • Edge Hill University – Information Technology Management for Business
  • Edge Hill University – Computer Security and Networks
  • The University of Liverpool – Computer Science with Software Development
  • Barclays – Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship
  • Liverpool John Moores – Accounting and Finance
  • The University of Liverpool – Film Studies
  • Manchester Met. – History
  • Liverpool John Moores – Law
  • Northumbria University – Computer and Information Technology
  • Lancaster University – Mechanical Design Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Further Information

BTEC Information Technology course leaflet

Exam board course specification

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

BTEC IT student Billy Barrow