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ICT BTEC Level 3 at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form

Course description

The BTEC qualifications are QCF level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in IT.

They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.

The qualifications provide progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions.

We offer TWO courses with variations (Subsidiary Diploma (6 unit’s equivalent to 1 A level) and the Diploma (12 unit’s equivalent to 2 A levels)).

The number of mandatory units depends on the course being taken, but units 1 and 2 are always within that number. Each unit is worth 10 credits.

Course content

The rules of combination specify the total credit value of the qualification, the mandatory unit credit, the optional* unit credit. Other rules apply.

*The chosen optional units will depend on other subjects studied by the student and will be chosen with reference to their teacher.

1 - Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (ONE A2)
1 Qualification credit value: a minimum of 60 credits.
2 Mandatory unit credit: 20 credits. (Units 1 and 2)
3 Optional unit credit: 40 credits

In the first year students will complete units 1, 2 and ONE optional unit.  In the second year students will complete a further THREE optional units.  Variation on the Subsidiary Diploma course is:

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in IT (ONE AS)
1 Qualification credit value: a minimum of 30 credits.
2 Mandatory unit credit: 20 credits. (Units 1 and 2)
3 Optional unit credit: 10 credits.

2 - Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT (TWO A2)
1 Qualification credit value: a minimum of 120 credits.
2 Mandatory unit credit: 30 credits. (Units 1, 2 and 3)
3 Optional unit credit: 90 credits

In the first year students will complete units 1, 2 and FOUR optional units.  In the second year students will complete unit 3 and a further FIVE optional units.  Variations on the Diploma course are:

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT (Business)
1 Mandatory unit credit: 40 credits. (Units 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge is assumed although an interest in IT/ Computing and a commitment to complete all coursework units by their deadlines is expected.

Previous success (A* to C) at a level 2 (GCSE) IT/Computing course would be an advantage.

Assessment

All units are internally assessed and then externally moderated by a visiting moderator. There are no external tests or examinations (except Cisco units – on-line multiple choice). All units are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The Subsidiary Diploma is graded in the same way with UCAS points allocated on completion as follows:

PASS (P) – 40; MERIT (M) – 80; DISTINCTION (D) – 120; DISTINCTION* - 140.


The Diploma is graded overall with associated UCAS points as follows:
(PP - 80, MP - 120, MM - 160, DM - 200, DD - 240, D*D - 260, D*D* - 280).
2 Optional unit credit: 80 credits

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT (Networking and Systems Support)
1 Mandatory unit credit: 70 credits. (Units 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 10 and12)
2 Optional unit credit: 50 credits

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT (Software Development)
1 Mandatory unit credit: 40 credits. (Units 1, 2, 3 and 6)
2 Optional unit credit: 80 credits

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma (ONE AS, ONE A2)
1 Qualification credit value: a minimum of 90 credits.
2 Mandatory unit credit: 20 credits. (Units 1 and 2)
3 Optional unit credit: 70 credits.

Future opportunities

There is a wide variety of careers and university courses available to students with a qualification in ICT. In today’s workplace, those with knowledge and skills in ICT have the opportunity to pursue new and exciting careers and to be instrumental in the conception of ICT systems that increasingly shape work and leisure activities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 November 2016

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