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Information Technology Level 3 Study Programme at Wiltshire College

Course description

This course offers a wide range of opportunities to learn about the IT Sector. Throughout the course you will enjoy a variety of teaching techniques that include practical activities as well as the opportunity to apply their new found skills to real life situations

Course content

During the course you will complete units in a range of different subjects which may include:

Communications and Employability Skills in IT

This unit provides an opportunity for learners to understand the range of skills and knowledge they will need to develop in order to gain employment in the IT industry. By the end of the unit, learners will have had opportunity to identify and consider their own set of skills and, where necessary, improve them.

Computer Systems

Most IT practitioners will at some stage have to set up, use, customise and maintain a computer system or systems. In order to do so effectively they will need to understand the components that make up a computer system. The operating system interacts with the hardware components in order to make a functioning machine. As this relationship is so close, this unit develops skills in hardware components and the operating systems.

Information Systems

Information is used to plan, monitor and control business activity. It needs to be organised and presented in meaningful formats so that individuals can understand and use it. Technological change has provided new tools and systems for processing information that gives people the ability to plan their activities and operate their business.

Software Design and Development

In this unit you will learn how software is written, get introduced to a programming environment and have the opportunity to develop, test and document programs.

Website Production

This unit will introduce you to the fundamentals of HTML, how to structure a web page and how to link pages together to create a website

Advanced Spreadsheet Skills

This unit introduces learners to the more advance features and functions of spreadsheets. As IT practitioners, learners will need to be able to use spreadsheet software competently as well as being able to support users as part of a technical or helpdesk role.

Client Side Customisation of Web Pages

Today web design is about more than HTML. In this unit we look at how the design on the page can be managed using Cascading Style Sheets and how JavaScript can be used for client site coding.

Digital Graphics

In this unit learners will produce original images using drawing packages and also create and edit electronically captured images. Extensive use of photo manipulation tools such as Adobe Photoshop as well as specialist hardware including Digital Cameras and Scanners is central to completing this unit.

Computer Animation

Learners will start by looking at different types of animation and their uses and formats. The available tools, techniques and software will be examined as well as the special techniques used when animating for the web.

Database Design

Many jobs involve the use of databases and for this reason employees with database skills are valued. The advantages of using a database are extensive, including significantly reduced data storage requirements, improved record manipulation and faster access to records.

Controlling Systems Using IT

The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand the requirements of control systems and control loop operations, know how data is represented in control systems and develop the skills required to design and implement control systems.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade A*-C including English and Maths or equivalent (Or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)

A good reference

A satisfactory interview


To successfully complete the course it will be necessary for you to undertake a significant amount of private study to meet the demands of the programme. Your Personal Tutor will help you to define your short and medium term goals throughout the course and can help you plan your independent study.

The final qualification of this course is a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in IT

You will be expected to join in visits to other organisations and exhibitions and this may involve some costs towards travel and entry fees.

Future opportunities

Upon completion of the course students can progress on to the Extended Diploma in IT.

Alternatively, you could pursue a career in any of the following:

•Software engineering and programming

•Games development

•Business systems analysis and design

•IT project management

•IT helpdesk/user support

•Computer operations

•Technical sales and marketing

•Hardware and software customisation

•Installation and maintenance

•Telecommunications and networking

•Web design

•Software Testing

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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