This is course information for 2019 entry (which we are no longer enrolling for). An update for 2020 entry will follow soon.

BTEC IT Practitioners

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 programmes for events.
Unit 16: Procedural Programming
Learning to design and create programmes in Visual Basic.
Unit 18: Database Design
Working with Access to design and create large relational databases.
Unit 25: Maintaining Computer
The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand the organisational issues related to computer systems maintenance, develop the skills and knowledge required to plan and undertake routine maintenance activities, and monitor and improve systems performance.
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.

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 9: Computer Networks
The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand the key components of networked systems, know about network protocols and the services provided by network systems and develop the skills required to ensure network security.
Unit 19: Computer Systems Architecture
The practical art of defining the structure and relationship of the subcomponents of a computer.
Unit 22: Developing Computer Games
The aim of this unit is to ensure learners know about different types of computer game, understand the impact gaming has on society and are able to design, test and document computer games.
Unit 23: HCI (Human Computer Interaction)
The psychological and physical principles behind computer interfaces.
Unit 28: Website Production
The principles behind how to design an effective website for a business need.
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.
Unit 42: Spreadsheet Modelling
Working with Excel to design and create complex spreadsheets.


Coursework (100%)
Examining Board – Edexcel

Special Entry Requirements

If you have taken an IT course at GCSE you must have achieved at least grade 4 (C), or at least merit in OCR Nationals. Students will also require 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 be provided).

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 have gained relevant skills and have a CV with cover letter along with a LinkedIn account. Joining LinkedIn will offer you career opportunities now and will assist your long-term career aspirations, as your profile will be accessible by thousands of prospective employers. Throughout your time at college, you will use the LinkedIn account to record all of your activities including work experience, any part time paid employment and gain access to relevant professional links.

Career and Progression Opportunities

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

Other Information

There will be an opportunity to go on fieldtrips. One recent fieldtrip saw students go to an IT seminar at Alton Towers. The approximate cost was £30 per student.

This information is correct for September 2019 entry.

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