BOURNE ACADEMY SIXTH FORM

BTEC National Extended Certificate
Information Technology and Computing

  • Examination board: Edexcel
  • Course length: 2 years

Students must meet the minimum entry requirements for the Vocational or Combination study pathway. There are no additional specific entry requirements for this subject.

This is an exciting course at Bourne Academy that gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment or higher education.

The course will give students the confidence to apply themselves to succeed in the workplace and to have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career.

This course is ideal for students who have a strong interest in IT and Computing and will give students an excellent all round knowledge base whilst also allowing them to specialise in a chosen field as the course progresses.

This course will give students the required skills and knowledge to move into any aspect of It and Computing and ensure they are well prepared for industry and able to access a future career in a more specialist field.

YEAR ONE

Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information

  • You study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information. You will complete this task in ten hours of supervised sessions over a period of a week.

Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business

  • You explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. You also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.

YEAR TWO

Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems

  • You study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.

Unit 6 – Website Development

  • You investigate website development principles. You will design and develop a website using scripting languages.

Students will work to a brief and be given clear assessment criteria so they can be confident on what is expected to achieve a Distinction* / Distinction / Merit / Pass. Your final grade will be calculated from a culmination of the points collected across all units. Throughout the course, students will be well supported by teachers who will give feedback on progress against the key assessment criteria.

Across the course students will complete units that are assessed in a variety of ways. There are three different types of assessment: coursework (internally assessed), tasks and written examination (both externally assessed).

YEAR ONE

Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information

  • Externally assessed task

Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business

  • Assessed through assignments and tasks in coursework

YEAR TWO

Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems

  • Externally assessed written examination

Unit 6 – Website Development

  • Assessed through assignments and tasks in coursework

The BTEC National Extended Certificate is a Level 3 qualification which is the equivalent to one A-level and widely recognised by universities and employers.

Completion of this course will enable students to access employment or move on to study a specialist area of IT or Computing at Degree Level.

If you have any questions about this subject please email sixthform@bourneacademy.org or call 01778 391246.

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