Extended Certificate Information Technology
Qualification: Level 3
Assessment: Assessment is through coursework portfolios, a combination of written and practical research.
Exam Board: PEARSON
Overview:We are excited to be able to offer this 'hands on' modular course, designed to equip the student with the knowledge and skills needed in today's workplace or for further study. The course will extend the student's understanding of the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of effective communication in order to use ICT effectively and be able to address personal development needs. Students will learn to understand the components of computer systems and be able to set up and maintain computer systems, and understand how information systems are used by organisations. Students will also develop skills in a range of software applications, and other themes could include computer games design, digital graphics, and internet technology such as website production.
Minimum College Entry Requirements (5 A*-C or equivalent) including English Language 4
Students are encouraged to purchase a coursework book costing approximately £20. There may be small additional costs related to optional visits and trips.
Students study a selection of mandatory and optional units over the two year course. This level 3 qualification is equivalent to an A Level. Some units will have exams, but the majority will be assessed by coursework. This will provide a good basis for studying the IT related subjects at a higher level, and as part of a wider programme the course provides for progression to a wide range of Higher Education or employment. The study of IT will support a career in a wide range of areas. Studying ICT alongside Business Studies would be a strong combination for any career in business.
Courses that link particularly well with this course are those offered in the Business department or creative media courses. So, if you have an interestin business, IT and have a creative spark, please apply.Prior study is not required, but students who have passed this subject at level 2 have an advantage. To be successful on this course, students should feel relatively confident in their ability to use a suite of software.