ICT, Social Media and Web Development

BTEC Extended Certificate

ICT, Social Media and Web Development

Why should I study this course?

The boom in digital marketing has resulted in the need for many more website developers and experts in social media, web and mobile applications.

Many Software Developers, Database Experts and Systems Managers need web-client development skills as an integral part of their overall portfolio of expertise.

Staff Bio: Michelle Reveley

Taster Session: Tutor Patrick delivers a lesson in web design, including uploading podcasts, Youtube videos and Google Maps.


What will I study?

You will study a range of units covering areas such as

  • Social Media strategies
  • Scripting using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Web development
  • Databases: the structure of data and its origins
  • The relationship between hardware and software
  • The use and impact of IT systems
  • Website production

You will discover how social media can be used in a business context, exploring different social media websites and their effectiveness. You’ll develop and implement a social media strategy, developing and posting content and interacting with others.

As a website developer, you must use sophisticated techniques to capture user interest and satisfy customers.
You will review existing websites, commenting on their overall design effectiveness.

You will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that have on organisations and individuals.

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How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through a mixture of coursework and external assessment.

What will the course prepare me for?

This qualification will prepare you for progressing on to a degree or directly into employment, giving you a starting point for progression to roles such as social media specialist, content developer and web developer as well as a wide variety of apprenticeships.

Private study

You will be expected to complete between 2 and 4 hours of independent study each week.

What materials will I need to provide?

Everything will be provided but it would be helpful if you have a computer at home.

How will I be taught?

During this course you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.

Real world scenarios will be used to prepare you for the world of work. A typical week will involve a mix of taught lessons and workshops to support your studies.

This course is for you if...

You have a logical thought process, good written communication, creativity and independent research skills.

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects, including a minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you choose a course programme that best suits your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, however, the College may need to make some changes in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

The following skills are essential to be successful on this course:

  • a willingness to learn about IT systems and how they work
  • good creativity and written communication skills