BTEC Information Technology offers learners a modern, work-related qualification which opens the door to higher education and a career. It builds high-level skills such as teamwork, creative thinking and presentation skills and develops independent research and study skills.

BTEC ICT is a practical course with an emphasis on developing skills such as teamwork; problem solving; and communication to prepare you for university and employment.

The course covers areas such as social media for business, giving students the opportunity to create and manage an online social media campaign for a business and analyse its success using a variety of tools. You will also get to study management of data, information technology systems and website development.

Students have many opportunities outside of the classroom to develop links with local businesses and professionals, this is vital in strengthening understanding the course content while developing and enhancing your CV.

The College welcomes regular guest speakers from within the ICT and business sectors and students will be given the opportunity attend workshops and events. For example, students have attended robotics workshops to develop understanding of IT systems and programming methods.

Many Information Technology students go on to study Information Technology related courses in Higher Education. However the course has been developed in conjunction with leading businesses and universities in order to deliver the skills and knowledge required by employers.

Information and Technology Systems – Exam Paper – % of marks

Creating Systems to Manage Information – Coursework – % of marks

Using Social Media in Business – Coursework – % of marks

Website Development – Coursework – % of marks


Unit 1: Information and Technology Systems
Learners study the fundamentals of IT systems to gain an in-depth understanding of a wide variety of topics including, digital devices, operating online, impact of IT systems and transmitting data. Students will complete a two hour written exam based assessment for this unit.

Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage information
Learners study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information. Students will be given a background and design brief for a business and develop a system to fit the requirements under controlled conditions.

Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
Learners explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Students will plan, prepare and implement social media activities for a given business and assess how successful the methods were in optimising the online presence of the business. This assessment will be set and marked internally.

Unit 4: Website Development
Learners study the design, creation and testing of a multimedia website. Students plan, prepare, develop and test a multimedia website for a given business or organisation. This assessment will be set and marked internally.

Find and identify a business that has used Social Media advertising, this could be via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or YouTube and answer the following:
• What company was the campaign for?
• What was the campaign advertising?
• What social media platforms were used?
• What features did the campaign have? (Examples could be viral video or a hash tag on Twitter)
• Comment on whether, in your opinion, the campaign was successful.
• Describe at least one improvement you would make to the campaign.
Present your findings using any format you prefer, for example, you could write an essay, design a poster or create a leaflet discussing the campaign that you have researched.

Study Level

BTEC Extended Certificate

Exam Board


Contact Details

Mrs C Hillier

Head of Department