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IT (Software Development) Level 2 BTEC Diploma at Accrington and Rossendale College

Course description

If you are interested in a career in the IT industry, this could be a good start for you. You will learn about different types of computer including desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone and server. Your lessons have as much practical content as possible so that you have the opportunity to learn through practice.

We use all sorts of assessment methods. You could be videoed as you complete a practical task. There could be computer programmes to write, diagrams to design or written reports. All your assessments have very clear deadlines that we help you work towards to help you stay on track.

Course content

• Computer Systems –Find out what all the parts in a computer do. Understand how data moves around the computer and how we deal with devices of different speeds. Learn how to specify computers for a variety of needs.
• Event Driven Programming – You will use GameMaker to develop your own platform game. Once the basics have been covered you design your own game while also learning about important design aspects.
• Installing Computer Hardware – To develop the skills you have gained in Computer Systems, you will learn how to fix a range of faults on computers and how to install components and upgrade computers.
• Installing Computer Software – Once you have a working computer from the hardware unit you will progress to installing and configuring a range of computer software including applications, operating systems and utilities.
• Website Design –Design a website using a range of techniques. You will learn about the importance of style and graphical appearance while developing you’re your own set of pages.
• Communicating And Working In The IT Industry – Employers are always looking to recruit people who are able to fit in to their workplace as easily as possible. You will find out how employers expect you to behave, how to communicate and the type of job opportunities in the industry that might interest you.

Entry requirements

Four GCSE’s at Grade D-E including English, plus a successful interview.
Mature students are also welcome as long as they can demonstrate a suitable level of knowledge.


You will be assessed through coursework and practical projects.

Financial information

This course is free of charge for 16 – 18 year olds. There may be an additional cost for trips and equipment but this will be disclosed prior to starting your course.

This course will cost a maximum of £480 for learners aged 19 years old or above. This fee may be reduced or void depending on the individual’s circumstances.

Future opportunities

Successful students will achieve Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. To progress to our Level 3 IT course you will need to achieve a Merit or better.
Some students use the skills they have learnt on this course to move in to the workplace. Normally this is as a junior IT technician, but some use their IT skills to move in to more general employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Accrington and Rossendale College directly.

Last updated date: 15 January 2016
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