Course Information

School Blended Offer Computing

JLWP100P

Subject area: Computing

Course Type: Part Time

Course Overview

The aim of the course is to understand modern, and next generation, computing and Information technology systems in preparation for higher education or employment. As such, the course is delivered through a mix of in-class (face-to-face) and on-line resources with self-directed research and developing supporting these. Emphasis is on the understanding and application of concepts that underpin technology and its use with a strong emphasis exists on practical application of these.

This course can only be taken in conjunction with 2 A level choices at the following schools:

• Henry Box
• Wood Green
• Chipping Norton
• Marlborough
• Carterton
• Bartholomew
• Burford


Course Content

This is a new specification for Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Information Technology to be delivered from September 2017 and is aligned to the new UCAS tariff. The course is graded from P (Pass) to D* (Distinction Star) and the tariff points will range from 8-28. The course is divided into 4 units, three are compulsory and the fourth is an optional unit chosen by the college to reflect current and future industry skills needs.


Skills I Will Develop

You will need:

• An interest in the computing and technology industry
• A desire to investigate computing further
• The ability to read and follow instructions
• A willingness to work outside of class to develop concepts and skills further
• An enquiring mind
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
• An awareness of personal health and safety and that of others
• The ability to utilise effectively the mathematical skills acquired in GCSE maths


Learning Methods & Assessment

The aim of the course is to understand modern, and next generation, computing and Information technology systems in preparation for higher education or employment. As such, the course is delivered through a mix of in-class (face-to-face) and on-line resources with self-directed research and developing supporting these. Emphasis is on the understanding and application of concepts that underpin technology and its use with a strong emphasis exists on practical application of these.


What Qualification Will I Receive?

Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology


Course Units

Year 1:

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
Learners study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
• Digital devices, their functions and use
• Transmitting data with networks
• Operating in an online world and data safety and security
• Impact and issues of IT systems

Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
Learners explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Learners also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.
• Social media websites uses
• Planning to use social media in a business scenario
• Implementing social media use in a business environment

Year 2:

Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information
Learners study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.
• Purpose of database management systems
• Standards in database solutions
• Designing and developing database solutions

Unit 6: Website Development
Learners investigate website development principles. They will design and develop a website using scripting languages.
• Purpose and principles of websites and technologies
• Design and create a functional website


Where Next?

In conjunction with other A-level qualifications you could progress to higher education courses in Computer Science, Networking, Website and Software Development. This could lead to careers in Systems Management, Systems and Data Security, Networking and Communications amongst many more. Employment in this industry is possible all over the world.


Fee Information

Trips and visits may be offered as part of your programme of study but these will be optional and fees will be collected throughout the duration of the course. Details of cost will be provided during the enrolment process if not already above.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course cost, call 01235 216 298 for more information.

All tuition fees currently given are for the 17/18 academic year.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply, the rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. Also see the Course Fees & Finance page under the Info Centre link at the top of the screen.


  • 19+ full fee
  • 19+ reduced fee

Course Details

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Days: Various

Date: 10 Sep 2018 - 05 Jul 2019

Location: Witney Campus

Contact Details

Abingdon Campus: 01235 555 585

Witney Campus: 01993 703464
(Common Leys)

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk