KS5 ICT and Computing

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology

The course is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.

This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. As the content is equivalent in size to one A Level.

In year 12 pupils will be expected to undertake 1 exam and one coursework unit:

Exam component – Information Technology Systems. This is a two-hour exam and is worth 90 marks. The exam will assess students’ understanding of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.

Pupils will also cover a coursework unit; Using Social Media in Business. In this unit pupils will:

  • Explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services
  • Develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet requirements
  • Implement the use of social media in a business.

In year 13 pupils will be expected to undertake 1 exam and one coursework unit:

Creating Systems to Manage Information: students are set a supervised task, where they are required to design, create, test and evaluate a relational database system. (Controlled Assessment)

Web Design (Coursework) pupils will learn:

  • Understand the principles of website development
  • Design a website to meet client requirements
  • Develop a website to meet client requirements.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter


Parent Guide: Understanding Cyber Bullying http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/cyber_bullying/


E-Safety for Parents http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/kentict_esafety_parents.cfm


Your child will need to work more independently at secondary school than at primary school. But your interest and input will still be important and will help your child to do well in ICT & Computing.


Look for opportunities to talk to your child about ICT and how it has changed our society, in so many ways.  Children enjoy sharing what they are learning. Try to find topics you’re both interested in so it’s more of a conversation than an interrogation.


Ask your child if there’s anything you can do to help with homework. Discuss the organisation of the work.