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BTEC in IT Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

Technology has changed the world we live in. IT is everywhere and at the heart of our professional and personal lives. Careers paths in this IT industry are vast and with so much choice and possibility, there is something for everyone.

It does not matter what you do after Post-16 or what other subjects you study, this course is relevant and will give you skills you can transfer across your studies and into your future career paths.

Course content

The course is made up of 6 units of work. These units are portfolios made up of evidence. The evidence is recorded in a variety of ways including podcasts, videos, multimedia products, web pages, reports, observations, witness statements and interactive presentations.

Each unit is linked to specific topics and audiences using scenarios you would typically find in the IT industry, making the work you do relevant and realistic. Some of the units which are currently run are Communication and Employability Skills in the IT Industry, Computer Systems, Game Design and Website Development.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE or their equivalent. Although it is beneficial to have studied KS4 ICT, it is not essential that students have studied an ICT related course at GCSE. However, it is expected that students have an interest in applying their IT knowledge to real scenarios, with a clear sense of audience and purpose evident in everything that is created.


This course is equivalent to one A-level. It is made up of six units and each is assessed by coursework – there are no exams.

All assignments are set and marked internally by the teachers, and then moderated by an external moderator.

Future opportunities

Students who have studied this course have gone on to study IT, Computing, Games Authoring and Multimedia at University. Others have found it invaluable for studying Business Management at University as all businesses today use ICT heavily from marketing to analysis of performance.

Whatever you decide to study at degree level you will find The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT a basic grounding for future study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years