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BTEC IT at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

Course Outline:

Information Technology (IT) involves the use of computers in industry, commerce, the arts and elsewhere. IT includes aspects of IT systems architecture, human factors, project management and the general ability to use computers. Increasingly businesses are implementing IT strategies to manage and process data both to support many business processes and to deliver new opportunities.

IT is a high growth area of the service sector, estimated in the Technology Insights 2012 report to contribute 8 per cent of the UK economy GVA (gross value added), and predicted to generate an additional £47 billion over the next 7 years. Ongoing developments in the sector include the Government Digital Inclusion strategy (2014) to increase SME (small- and medium-sized enterprise) transactions online, with the aim of reaching 1.6 million businesses by 2018.

This qualification is equivalent in size to one A level. It is for students interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of HE courses, but not necessarily in IT.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C, including Maths or English Grade 5



You will be required to complete two units in Year 12 and a further two in Year 13. Two of these will be assessed in school and two are assessed by external examiners. The two units in Year 12 are mandatory and cover creating systems to manage information and using social media for business. The two units in Year 13 will cover information technology systems and website development. To be successful on this course you must have good organisational skills and be able to meet regular deadlines for work.



Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information – Supervised completion of a task over 10 hours in one week – completed on the computer and submitted electronically – 66 marks – Year 12 – Mandatory unit

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems – written exam – 2hrs – 90 marks – Year 13 – Mandatory unit


Financial information

Access to a computer and the Internet from home would be beneficial

Future opportunities

Higher Education Progression:

Important for ICT degrees - Useful for Business degrees - This course contributes towards University entry


Career Opportunities:

Network manager; System Analyst; Information Scientist; Data Entry Clerk; Network Engineer; Media; Researcher ; Computer Games Developer; Software Developer; Database Administrator ; Web Designer; Support Technician

Further information

For further details or guidance speak to Mr Hunt

Telephone Boston Spa Sixth Form to make an appointment on 01937 846612


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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years