What qualifications do I need to study on the course?
It is not essential that students have studied ICT at Key Stage 4, although it will be a great advantage. The course develops skills in problem-solving, therefore a good grade in Mathematics and English are desirable.
What will I study?
The course will focus on:
- Detailed technical knowledge of hardware and software;
- Setting up and maintaining computers;
- Learn how to use software applications to create IT systems to meet clients needs.
1st Year Units
¨ Communication and Employability Skills for IT
¨ Computer Systems.
¨ Spreadsheet Modelling
2nd Year Units:
¨ Computer Networks
¨ Event Driven Programming
¨ Website Production
Assessment of all units is done by producing a portfolio of evidence. Each portfolio is based on centre set assignments. Portfolios are externally moderated by the exam board.
This course is equivalent to one A Level.
1st Year Units in Detail
Communication and Employability Skills for IT: The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whilst developing effective communication skills. It also requires students to address their own personal development needs.
Computer Systems: In this unit learners are required to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes. They will also set up and maintain computer systems.
Spreadsheet Modelling: This unit aims to enable learners to use complex spreadsheet modelling in order to support organisational activities such as credit control, sales forecasting and stock analysis.
The BTEC course has been specifically designed for students who have a technical interest in computers and/ or wish to work in the IT industry. Students will perform research and learn about how IT fits in with industry. All units are portfolio based and there are no theory exams. Students can work at their own pace to complete set assignments. However, there are set deadlines for each assignment.
This course aims to provide students with good background knowledge of the inner workings of a computer. Students will learn about key components of a computer and will learn how to install the components for themselves. They will set up a computer, install applications, configure the computer and change settings as well as performing other maintenance tasks, e.g. changing BIOS settings.
Students will learn the main features as well as more advanced features of software applications. Students will also develop the skills to allow them to analyse a set problem and create a fully working IT system for a real-world scenario.