BTEC National in IT Practitioners Level 3 at Bacon's College
A BTEC National Award is a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations,activities and demands. Students focus on a particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.
The course also benefits from a flexible unit structure which matches content to students’ interests. Possible optional units include computer animation, e-Commerce and computer games development.
Communication and Employability
Skills for IT Computer Systems
Principles of Design Software
Advanced Database Skills
Advanced Spreadsheet Skills.
Analysis and Design
Website Management and Production
You should have 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and Mathematics. It would be beneficial to have studied ICT before but this is not essential.
Students choosing this course are often those who excel at coursework tasks rather than exams. This course is assessed by 100% coursework so students need to be well organised and have good attendance. Students must be willing to develop their knowledge and ICT skills through independent learning.
This is particularly important because GCSE ICT is not a pre-requisite for studying this course and new concepts and ideas will be introduced early on. Additionally, applicants should be aware that the course is worth the equivalent of two A-Levels.
BTEC National Awards are valued by employers and higher education institutions universities and colleges. The Award supports learners in applying for jobs in IT related careers such as administration, customer service, finance and a variety of types of technical work, such as system support, analysis and design, and software testing.
Students may progress to higher education or other higher vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher National Certificates in Computing or IT Practitioners or an NVQ at Level 4. An increasing number of students have progressed to undergraduate study through vocational subjects such as IT Practitioners so the course is also attractive to those students who are unsure about the future direction they wish to take at the end of their post-16 studies.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bacon's College directly.