Information and Communication Technology

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Course introduction

The BTEC level 3 in Information and Communication Technology is a practical and challenging two-year programme of study, equivalent to two A levels. The course covers general subject areas as well as more specialised areas such a programming and cyber security. The course sits between the BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma (3 A levels) and the BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate (1 A level) and is ideally suited to those students that have a particular IT career in mind. It can be combined with another A level (or equivalent) subject to create a pathway which could lead to a possible future career in the ICT sector whilst giving students the chance to pursue their passion for the subject area.
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Specific course entry requirements

College entry. You do not need to have studied Computer Science at GCSE or BTEC Information and Communication Technology. However, if you have studied these courses we would expect you to have obtained at least a grade 4 or Merit, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

Learners on the course will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, supervised assessments and course work.

What will I study?

Information Technology systems, Creating Systems to Manage Information, Using Social Media in Business, Programming, IT Project Management, Cyber security and Incident Management and Website Development are just some of the areas that will be covered. 

Where will this course lead me?

When taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications, including BTEC Higher Nationals or A Levels in complementary or contrasting subjects, the qualification gives learners the opportunity to progress to a degree in an information technology or a degree where information technology related skills and knowledge may be advantageous.

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Where next?
Bristol University of the West of England – Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

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Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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