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IT BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

Students learn through a variety of activities including investigating software applications, practical work, case studies, discussions, note taking, reading and individual research.

Coursework will be presented by text, number and evidence from several applications. The course is also designed to help you improve general skills such as communication, working with other people and self-management.

Course content

Year 1

Communication and Employability Skills for IT - This unit looks at communication in business and the skills that are required to do this effectively. You will investigate the type of skills that are required to be able to work in the IT environment.

Computer Systems - This unit looks at setting up, using, customising and maintaining a computer system. To do so effectively you will need to understand the components that make up a computer system. This is a very practical, ‘hands-on’ unit.

Spreadsheet Modelling - You will learn how to design and build an effective spreadsheet using a range of Excel features and investigate how spreadsheets are used in business.

Digital Graphics - This unit investigates the ways in which you manipulate graphics for use on the Internet or in everyday situations. You will research various features of graphic software and digital devices to produce images of different types.

Communication Technologies - How does communication take place in the modern world? Investigate how mobile technology and computer networks communicate and work.

Website Production - This unit considers the whole process of website development from identification of need, design, build, upload, test, maintain and review. You will learn how to identify when and where to use the skills you will acquire for website design and production.

Year 2

Database Design - You will learn how to design and build databases consisting of several linked tables using Access. You will then progress to building forms, queries and reports. You will also learn a little about programming Access.

E-Commerce - E-Commerce uses the internet to build and enhance relationships with customers, partners and other businesses; processing orders electronically; handling customer service and cooperating with business partners. This unit also looks at the benefits and drawbacks for society of e-Commerce and investigates the technologies involved.

Event Driven Programming - You will learn about the nature and features of programming languages, and how to write simple programs.

Computer Animation - You will learn how to create animation using a variety of software such as Fireworks and Flash.

2 other units. These may be the following:

  • Information systems
  • Client side customisation of web pages

Entry requirements

To start any BTEC course you need to meet the general college entry requirements.

We would like you to have passed ICT at GCSE level although this is not a strict requirement. Since this course is worth 2 ‘A’ levels we would expect all students to show considerable enthusiasm for IT.


Exam Board – Edexcel

The course is totally assessed from coursework.

Future opportunities

IT and e-Commerce are rapidly developing areas and no-one can say with certainty how many career openings there will be in two or three years’ time. It is likely, however, that there will be many employment opportunities for people with this qualification. The qualification can also lead to Higher Education, either a Foundation course in a related field or a suitable degree course. Most of our students studying ICT vocational courses in recent years have gone on to university to study a variety of subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years