Level 3 BTEC Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma IT


With a strong focus on the application of practical IT in the world of work, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge vital to any candidate for higher education or the world of commerce.

Course type

Level 3 BTEC Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma

Course length

BTEC Certificate: one year Subsidiary Diploma: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • computer systems
  • Information Systems for the business world
  • the impact of IT on the world of business
  • e-commerce
  • website production and management

On the course you will:

  • develop your existing IT skills to maintain and develop computer systems
  • study the impact of IT on organisations
  • develop the skills required to set up a commercial website

Method of assessment

Assessment for each of the six units is by a portfolio of work containing evidence showing that you have met each of the assessment criteria.

What will I be able to progress to?

As part of a balanced A-level programme, the progression opportunities to higher education or the world of work are wide and varied. IT-related careers include Networking, Systems Analysis and Business Information Systems.

Other information

The one-year Certificate is equivalent to an AS-level. The two-year Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to an A-level.