Information Technology - BTEC Level 3 National Foundation/Extended Diploma
About the course
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Information Technology is equivalent in size to 1.5 A levels in year 1. It is designed for students interested in studying a range of information technology topics that will enhance their progression to a range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology is intended to be an Applied General qualification and is equivalent in size to 3 A levels. It is designed for students who are interested in a two-year, full-time study programme that will meet the entry requirements entry for a course in information technology or computer-related study that supports progression to higher education.
To apply for this course, you need:
- at least 4 GCSEs at grade A-C including Maths, English and Science, or
- DIDA (4 GCSE Edexcel equivalent), or
- BTEC Diploma with Merit or Distinction, or
- Relevant work experience.
You must also have very good communication skills
Year 1(Foundation Diploma)
Students study the relationship between hardware and software, managing and communicating information and data, and the principles of designing and developing computer programs across 4 mandatory units:
- IT Systems
- Creating Systems to Manage Information
- Using Social Media in Business
Students select 2 units of study from the following: data modelling, web development, mobile apps development and computer games development.
Year 2 (Extended Diploma)
Students study the relationship between hardware and software, managing and communicating information and data, and the principles of designing and developing digital technologies and processes to support organisations across 7 mandatory units:
- IT Systems
- Creating Systems to Manage Information
- Using social media in business
- IT Project Management
- Cyber Security and Incident Management
- IT Service Delivery.
Students choose 6 additional option units. The option units have been designed to support progression to more specialist IT courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas. This allows students to choose a specific specialist area in which they wish to develop their skills. The option units include content covering areas such as:
- Web Development
- Mobile Apps Development
- Computer Games development
- Big Data and Business Analytics
- IT Technology Support and Management Software Testing
- Digital Animation and Visual Effects
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in IT
- Business Process Modelling Tools.
There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.
The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Information Technology suite are:
- Examinations ¿ Unit 1 Information Technology Systems
- Set Tasks (where students take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task) ¿ Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information
Most units in the qualifications are assessed internally through a series of coursework, which is done through:
- Writing up the findings of their own research
- Using case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
- Carrying out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
- Demonstrating practical and technical skills using appropriate (tools/processes etc.).
As this qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels, it fully meets the requirements for progression to a wide range of degree programmes in IT and related areas. These include:
- BSc in Business Information and Technology
- BSc in Digital Technology Solutions
- BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Technology
- BSc (Hons) in Creative Technology
- BSc (Hons) in Information Technology Management for Business
- BSc in Computing Forensics
- BSc in Computer Networks and Security.
The teachers at the College were very inspiring
Studied: BTEC Diploma for IT Practitioners
Destination: Working for Halifax bank
Between 2009 -11 Gulsah Sami took a BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners at the Centre for Business Arts and Technology. After finishing her course with two distinctions and a merit she graduated to City University to study Computer Science..
She said: “I had always had an interest in IT and had heard good things about the course at City and Islington College online.
“The teachers at the College were very inspiring and would support you with any problems you had that would help you progress. We are still in contact with the teachers at the College and they still support us and give us advice.
“I learnt a lot on the course which has really helped me in my roles at Virgin Media and Halifax.”
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