BTEC Level 3 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles


A BTEC Specialist course. Like the BTEC Nationals but with more flexibility. There are no mandatory units, no limit (within reason) of submissions, but no UCAS points either

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The Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles is a specialist qualification fits into the IT, Software, Web and Telecoms apprenticeship or can be stand alone. It consists of up to 24 credits for the Certificate and  37 credits for the Diploma and 72 credits for the Extended Diploma. The units can be a mixture of level 2 and level 3, so long as the minimum of 60% of the credit are atthe level of the qualification. All are offered on-line distance learning via our state of the art learning management systems and e-portfolio.,[/dt_sc_box]

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If you are looking for the ideal mix of IT and Engineering, then the Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles is for you. Some of these units are the same as those in the BTEC Nationals in IT and Engineering, some even appear in both. Unlike the BTEC Nationals, there are no mandatory units, so you can mix and match IT, with Engineering or Telecoms.

[/dt_sc_box]24- 36 Credits,  3 -4 Units

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  • Unit 005 – Computer Systems ( 10 Cr – Level 2)
  • Unit 006 – Systems Architecture ( 6 Cr – Level 2)
  • Unit 011 – Telecommunications Principles ( 7 Cr – Level 2)
  • Unit 013 – Mobile Communication Technology ( 10 Cr – Level 2)
  • Unit 014 – Principles of ICT System and Data Security ( 6 Cr – Level 2)
  • Unit 015 – Networking Principles ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 023 – Communication and Employability Skills for IT ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 024 – Project Planning with IT ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 025 – Computer Systems ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 028 – IT Technical Support (10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 029 – Communication Technologies ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 035 – Communications for Engineering Technicians ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 037 – Electrical & Electronic Principles ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 038 – Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 039 – Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 042 – Computer Networks ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 049 – Information Systems ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
  • Unit 054 – Impact of the Use of IT on Business Systems ( 10 Cr – Level 3)

[/dt_sc_fancy_ul]This 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 engineering, Telecommunications and IT.

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There are no minimum entry requirements, however a good understanding of English and Maths is essential. We can assess your abilities using the BKSB system.

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 51
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Those who would like a career change, or would like to get qualified in their industry.

There are no UCAS tariff points associated with this qualification as the only grade possible is a Pass[/dt_sc_box]

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You are allowed 6 months to complete the Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles 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.


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Additional Information
Awarding Organisation (AO)

Pearson (Edexcel)


Assignments, Quiz, Portfolio of Evidence


Online, Remote








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