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BTec I.T. at Wigston Academy

Course description

The course will focus on:

Learning how to use software applications to create IT systems to meet clients needs. Creating and using social media accounts to create and promote a businesses products and services.

The BTEC IT course has been specifically designed for students who have a technical interest in computers and/ or wish to work in the IT industry. The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in IT. Learners study the relationship between hardware and software, managing and communicating information and data, and the principles of designing and developing digital technologies and processes to support organisations.

Course content

1st Year Units

Creating Systems to Manage Information. Using Social Media in Business.

2nd Year Units:

Information Technology Systems. Website Development

1st Year Units in Detail

1. Creating Systems to Manage Information: You will examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system. You will then test your solution to ensure that it works correctly. Finally, you will evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of your database solution. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.

2. Using Social Media in Business: You will explore different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes. You will develop a plan to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and objectives. You will then implement the plan, developing and posting content and interacting with others. Finally, you will collect data on the business use of social media and review the effectiveness of your efforts. Understanding how to use social media for business purposes is useful for employment in information technology and in a variety of business sectors. Also, social media skills are closely linked with web and mobile applications development.

Entry requirements

Normally a learner would choose one of the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT because they have successfully gained Level 2 qualifications in a similar or related subject, but there are no formal requirements for these



The course is assessed through 1 external exam, 2 portfolios and 1 controlled assessment. Portfolios are based on centre set assignments. Portfolios are externally moderated by the exam board. This course is equivalent to one A Level.

Financial information

Leicestershire Post 16 Bursary

Students are able to apply to us for support to overcome any barriers to learning.

Future opportunities

With a track record built over 30 years of learner success, BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Proof comes from YouGov research, which shows that 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications. What’s more, well over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A Levels.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us via email at, tel 0116 288 1611 and view our

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: 07 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years