BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology
5 GCSEs grades A*-C (grade 9 - 4) including English and maths or a relevant Level 2 qualification with a distinction (merit may be considered) and English and maths at Level 2.
Who is the course for
As technology increasingly dominates the way we experience our world whether in commerce, communications, or gaming, so the opportunities for and impact of cybercrime dramatically increase. People with talent and passion for cyber security are increasingly valued by government, law enforcement agencies and businesses. The qualification is designed to be studied over two years and is equivalent in size to three A Levels. It fully meets entry requirements for progression to an HNC or HND or a degree course in IT and related areas such as: Cyber Security and Computer Forensics with Business, Security and Digital Forensics, Computer Networks Security or Business Computing and Entrepreneurship.
Mandatory units There are seven mandatory units, three internal and four external. Learners must complete and achieve at Pass grade or above for all these units.
- Information Technology Systems
- Creating Systems to Manage Information
- Using Social Media in Business
- IT Project Management
- Cyber security and Incident Management
- IT Service Delivery.
Optional units Learners must complete at least six optional units. Actual optional units may be subject to change.
- Software Testing
- Cloud Storage and Collaboration Tools
- Big Data and Business Analytics
- The Internet of Things
- Website Development
- Customising and Integrating Applications.
This course is classroom taught and you will have opportunities to develop your creative skills through instructor led workshops.
How is the course assessed
Each learning aim has Pass and Merit criteria. Each assignment has at least one Distinction criterion. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.
Externally-assessed units The styles of external assessment used are:
- examinations – all students take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
- set tasks – students take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. External assessments are available twice a year.
Internally-assessed units This means that students will be assessed using assignments that provide the final summative assessment of each unit. A variety of styles will be used to help students develop a broad range of transferable skills including:
- write up the findings of their own research
- use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
- carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
- demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate (tools/processes etc.).
Synoptic assessment Students will apply an understanding of Unit: IT service delivery and draw on their learning from across the programme to complete assessment tasks. Students will apply analytical skills that will help prepare them for IT courses in higher education and for employment in technician level job roles and apprenticeships in a variety of related areas
Where next - Further Studies
The qualification fully meets the requirements for progression to a wide range of programmes in IT and related areas. These include: HNC or HND in Computing, BSc in Cyber Security, BSc in Digital Technology Solutions, BSc in Computing Forensics, BSc in Computer Networks and Security. The qualification gives learners a broad base of knowledge of the IT sector
Where next - Job Opportunities
Successful candidates can expect to find employment opportunities as a security administrator (infrastructure, data, and applications), network security architect, network security engineer or network security specialist.
Last updated: 9 November 2016.
How to Apply
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- Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
- Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to: Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.
When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.