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BTEC National Diploma IT at St Wilfrids Catholic High School

Course description

The BTEC National Diploma in IT offers an engaging programme for 16 to 19 year olds who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter.  This qualification is equivalent to two GCE A Levels.

BTEC Nationals are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors, providing learners with knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment and higher education.

The level 3 BTEC Nationals in Information Technology have been developed in the areas of Computing and IT Systems and focus on full-time leaners gaining a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment as an IT practitioner or progress to higher education vocational qualifications.

Course content

The course covers a broad range of IT subjects covering areas such as IT systems, Social Media, Cyber Security, Programming, Project Management and Product Development. There are 6 compulsory units and 2 optional units.


Entry requirements

Students are expected to have 5 GCSE's at grades 4/5 including Maths and English. However, due to the intensive nature of the course grades 5/6 in English and Maths is preferred.





Assessment is a mixture of internally and externally assessed units and an external exam. Internally assessed units will be subject to checking by an external Moderator appointed by Pearson.



Financial information

Whilst it would be an advantage to have a home computer, no home learning will be set which requires students to have access to a computer outside college.


Future opportunities

The course is suitable for most employment areas as IT skills in the workplace are becoming more essential and the qualification leads into a wide range of apprenticeships in the IT field. Universities all accept BTEC as part of their entry requirements and this course can lead to a good range of university courses, both vocational and academic. BTEC IT can also be used to enhance UCAS points on a more academic course of study.


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: 20 July 2017
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