The BTEC Information Technology Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma 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

BTEC IT Alumni

Ben O’ Connor – Cyber Security, Northumbria University

What Our Students Say

I’m enjoying my subjects, especially BTEC Level 3 IT as the students I study with all work together well. Not only this but, when we learn about operating systems, computer systems and do assignments, the work is genuinely very interesting.

I really enjoy doing practical work in IT as it is very engaging and if I’m struggling with anything, my teacher will always offer help. BTEC IT has given me many opportunities including a chance for work experience in the Police Force helping with cyber-security. Studying BTEC IT has really developed my knowledge on computer systems and I believe that one day when I achieve a position in a IT firm, I would have to thank BTEC IT for their support.

When I leave College, I hope to either get a place at the University of Liverpool or an Apprenticeship in a good IT firm.

Charlie Caldwell