BTEC Extended Certificate in IT

Level 3, equivalent to 1 A Level.

Why should I study BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT?

Why should I study this subject?

You should study this qualification if you have an interest in the more hands on practical approach to computing.

What will I study?

Principles of Computer Science (Mandatory)

Fundamentals of Computer Systems (Mandatory)

IT Systems Security and Encryption (Mandatory)

Plus two optional units to be chosen from:

  • ​​​Human Computer Interaction
  • ​​​Digital Graphics and Animation
  • ​​​Computer Games Development
  • ​​​Website Development


What are the entry requirements?

Level 4 in English Language.

What skills do I need?

Be able to work on your own to solve problems and undertake research assignments to given timescales. Good organisational skills and an ability to recognise and meet deadlines.

An ability to analyse a problem and carry out evaluations. An enthusiastic interest for computers, with an awareness of the contexts in which they are used.

How will I be taught?

The units are taught by individual specialist teachers. The teaching is practical-based, using high specification hardware and the latest versions of industry standard software including MS Office and Adobe CS6. The College VLE Moodle is used extensively for the delivery and management of the course.

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed with a combination of an examination, external assessment and internally assessed coursework.

What will the course prepare me for?

This qualification is welcomed by the majority of universities and Higher Education colleges for entry to HND and degree courses. Advice on opportunities for further study will be provided during your time at New College. The course is also excellent preparation for a career in the IT Industry.

How much private study should I expect to do?

As an approximate guideline, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT requires 4½ hours per week of independent study.

What materials will I need to purchase?

You will benefit greatly from having Microsoft Office. Student licences can be purchased privately at a cost of approximately £60 from

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you prefer the ‘hand’s on’ approach to studying IT

This subject is not for you if…
you are not well organised and struggle to meet deadlines

“I found the course really interesting, due to the fact that there were many different units within the course and all of them were really enjoyable and fun. The teachers were really helpful so overall it makes for a great course.”
Daniel Shires – Wakefield City Academy

“Throughout the whole year I found that the course was very fun and interesting due to learning new things and meeting new people.”
Charlie Robertson – The King’s High School