BTEC Level 3 Nationals in IT (QCF)

30 – 180 Credit Qualification, equivalent to up to 3 A’ Levels

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What are the BTEC Nationals in IT (QCF)?


The BTEC Nationals in IT is a technical level qualification which will help the learner to move up to a Higher Education (HE) qualification. It will give the learner an excellent foundation at technician level and can be incorporated into an apprenticeship. There are mandatory units which are common to all engineering disciplines, and the optional units to make up the 30, 60, 90, 120 or 180 credits.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in IT are accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)  .


The BTEC qualifications in this specification have been developed in the IT sector to:


Give education and training for IT employees

Give IT employees opportunities to achieve a nationally recognised level 3 vocationally-specific qualification

Give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the IT sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing and Systems Development

Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.


What does the course consist of?

There are various sizes of qualification from a single unit worth 10 credits, to an extended diploma worth 180 credits.

All units are delivered via our Learning Management System online, so is available 24/7. Assessment is through our e-portfolio, which is where you upload your assignments to. We have a wealth of experience within the team to support you through your studies.


Who is the Course aimed at?

The BTEC Nationals in IT (QCF) course is ideal if you are unable to attend a college or university, due to work or family commitments. If you are looking to further your career or you need the qualifications for a promotion or career change, this course deals with materials around computing


What are the entry requirements?

3 GCSE’s, English, Maths and IT ideally.

Non-native English speakers and those students who have not had their final two years of schooling in English will need to demonstrate one of the following upon entry:

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2

IELTS 5.5 (including 5.5 for reading and writing)

PTE 5.1 or equivalent


Who is this Course for?

The BTEC Nationals in IT (QCF) are for those working as technicians, who would like to take the next step, or those who would like a career change.

All credits can be used for larger qualifications and are eligible for UCAS points for those seeking entry into University, or onwards to Higher Education, such as the HNC in Computing and Systems Development.


How long do I get to complete this course?

You are allowed 2 months per unit to complete from registration. Your progress can be monitored in OneFile as we will program your start and finish dates. If you do not complete within the given time, you can extend on a unit by unit basis at the individual unit price.

Nationals in IT Available



Awarding Organisation (AO)

Pearson (Edexcel)




Online, Remote






24 Months