BTEC IT Practitioners

The BTEC National Extended Diploma allows students to take a truly practical IT/Computing course. The The BTEC National Extended Diploma allows students to take a truly practical ICT course. The Extended Diploma is designed to continue the approach to learning that students have had at school, if they have studied ICT on a vocational programme. Students will experience a very ‘hands on’, practical course, with the ability to be creative using ICT skills, and to apply them in a range of contexts.

Course Outline

The BTEC National Extended Diploma in IT provides a truly vocational alternative to the AS / A2 level programmes. Students will learn about the use and management of IT facilities in a variety of different work-related contexts.

Provisional Course Outline:
Year 12
Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT
Developing communication skills using IT facilities.
Unit 2: Computer Systems
Understanding about hardware and software and carrying out routine maintenance.
Unit 3: Information Systems
How computers and IT are used within business.
Unit 14: Event Driven Programming
Learning to design and create programs for events.
Unit 16: Procedural Programming
Learning to design and create programs in Visual Basic.
Unit 18: Database Design
Working with Access to design and create large relational databases.
Unit 19: Computer Systems Architecture
The practical art of defining the structure and relationship of the subcomponents of a computer.
Unit 42: Spreadsheet Modelling
Working with Excel to design and create complex spreadsheets.
Unit 43: Multimedia Design
The skills required to design, develop, present and review multimedia products.

Year 13
Unit 7: Organisational Systems Security
How we keep our IT systems safe and protected to ensure our businesses are protected.
Unit 8: E-commerce
Effects of E-commerce on society & focuses on technology and legislation that supports it.
Unit 23: HCI (Human Computer Interaction)
The psychological and physical principles behind computer interfaces.
Unit 24: Controlling Systems using IT
Looking at how computers/microprocessors control things in day to day life.
Unit 27: Web Server Scripting
Learning to install, maintain and update software.
Unit 28: Website Production
The principles behind how to design an effective website for a business need.
Unit 30: Digital Graphics
Introduction to the basic production considerations involved when creating an image.
Unit 31: Computer Animation
Designing, creating and testing interactive animations using the latest software.
Unit 36: Computer Game Platforms & Technologies
Understanding computer game hardware and software technologies and assemble them into playable systems, and the importance of keeping up-to-date with the latest developments.


Coursework (100%)
Examining Board – Edexcel

Special Entry Requirements

you have taken an IT course at GCSE you must have achieved at least a grade 4 (C), or at least a merit in OCR Nationals. Students will also require a grade 4 or C in Maths. This is in addition to our standard BTEC entry requirements. All students are expected to undertake two periods of vocational work experience (one in year 12 and the second in Year 13). A clear DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ may be needed depending on the nature of the placement. The cost of the DBS is approximately £60.00 and if it is needed then you are responsible for this payment (details of how to pay will follow).

Prohibited Options


Work Placement

On this course you will be expected to undertake a work experience placement in both the first and the second year, the purpose of which is to gather information and insights about the workplace, which can be included in your College assignments. Work placements also help develop your employability skills. By the end of the course you will achieve the full Career Passport award and the placement will count as one of your Professional Development activities.

Career and Progression Opportunities

BTEC National Extended Diploma is recognized by both universities and employers as equivalent to three A levels.

Other Information

There may be an opportunity to go on fieldtrips. One recent such fieldtrip saw students go to an IT seminar at Alton Towers.

This information is correct for September 2018 entry.

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