IT Practitioner BTEC

This is a single BTEC and equivalent to one A level

Who is it for?

This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction into 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.

Entry requirements

The general entrance requirements apply. In addition, a pass or above for the Level 2 BTEC Award or Certificate in Information and Creative Technology, GCSE Computing, or equivalent Level 2 ICT qualification are desirable but not a requirement. Students who have successfully completed the BTEC First Award in Information and Creative Technology, who do not satisfy all of the above criteria, may still be able negotiate entry to the course.

What does this qualification cover? The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in IT systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable learners to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors.

Learners will study three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
  • Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
  • Unit 6: Website Development

This will allow progression to a variety of degrees when combined with other suitable Level 3 qualifications.


4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.

Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

Additional Costs

You will need to purchase some discs or a USB Memory Stick for transferring work and possibly some supplementary course books. You really must have access to a computer at home and have at least an Office suite of packages available, which includes a Word Processor (e.g. Word), a Spreadsheet (e.g. Excel) and a Presentations package (e.g. PowerPoint).

What could this qualification lead to?

When taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications, including BTEC Higher Nationals or A Levels in complementary or contrasting subjects, such as mathematics, physics, science, arts or technology, the qualification gives learners the opportunity to progress to a degree in an information technology discipline or a degree where information technology related skills and knowledge may be advantageous.

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, higher education representatives have confirmed that it is appropriate to allow learners to choose their optional units from a wide range so that they can explore their own choice of areas for further study.

Some university courses may require the achievement of specific units and learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

For further information, contact:

Mr M Dunn, Head of IT