BTEC Level 3 National IT Student Book 1

Resources to accompany the new BTEC Level 3 National IT specification


This Student Book supports the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National IT QCF specification for first teaching from September 2010.

Unit 1 Communication and employability skills for IT
Unit 2 Computer systems
Unit 3 Information systems
Unit 4 Impact of the use of IT on business systems
Unit 5 Network management
Unit 6 Software design and development
Unit 7 Organisational system security
Unit 8 e-Commerce
Unit 9 Computer networks
Unit 10 Communication technologies
Unit 11 IT system analysis and design
Unit 12 IT technical support*
Unit 13 Trouble shooting and repair*
Unit 14 Event driven programming

*Units 12 and 13 are not part of the printed Student Book and the link to their digital samples are no longer available.

  • Extensive unit coverage: Student Book 1 covers 14 units including all the mandatory units, giving you the breadth to tailor the course to your learners’ needs and interests, when combined with Student Book 2 .
  • Functional Skills and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills are embedded in activities throughout the book.
  • Achieve your potential: Assessment activities and grading tips in each unit give your students plenty of practice to deepen their knowledge and understanding, clearly explaining what they need for Pass, Merit and Distinction, so learners can achieve their best possible grade.
  • Edexcel’s Assignment tips: Written by experts in the BTEC team, there’s invaluable unit-by-unit advice on how to get the most from your BTEC course.
  • Put yourself in the professionals’ shoes: WorkSpace case studies take your learners into the real world of work, showing them how they can apply their knowledge in a real-life context.
  • Advice from former students: showing your learners how to make their BTEC experience a stepping stone to success.

Author Team:

Jenny Lawson

An experienced author and series editor of IT text books, draws on her extensive teaching and examining experiences and the many years spent in the IT software industry.

Karen Anderson 

An experienced teacher of ICT and Head of Department who specialises in multimedia, computer games design and eSafety.  With several books under her belt, she is also a popular speaker and workshop leader.

Jenny Phillips

Has worked as an IT professional, is an education consultant and Ofsted Inspector and has been an IT author for many years.

Andrew Smith 

A specialist in networking and systems support and currently working as an academic at the Open University. He is the senior verifier for BTEC IT.

Richard McGill

Has been writing IT books part-time for many years alongside his work as a college tutor delivering IT Practitioner qualifications.

Alan Jarvis

Has been an IT lecturer in FE colleges for over 15 years. He has written material for the 2010 BTEC IT suite of qualifications and was involved with Edexcel BTEC training events.

Alan Kaye

Has spent over 11 years as a teacher in secondary schools and FE colleges. He was responsible for the development of occupational and vocational IT at Edexcel and he currently holds the post of Stakeholder Partnerships Manager at Edexcel.  

Daniel Richardson 

Currently ICT programme leader for a sixth form college and has been lecturing in sixth form and further education for several years teaching a wide variety of BTEC National and First units.

David Atkinson-Beaumont

Works as a manager in a large FE college in the North West of England and has written QFS unit specifications for the current BTEC IT qualifications.

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Product details

Production date:December 2010