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IT BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Hereford Sixth Form College

Course description

This course provides you with an opportunity to take a totally fresh look at this exciting subject that permeates so much of the world in which we live.

The Subsidiary Diploma (two years) is a vocational course and is equivalent to one A Level.

In terms of UCAS points for application to university, a distinction at Diploma level will provide 140 points, equal to an A* A Level grade.

The course will provide in depth study in a wide range of areas from manipulating digital graphics to building and configuring a computer. The diversity of the course makes it extremely popular, whatever your other subject choices are. It can be studied alongside other A Level courses including A Level Computer Science.

Industry standard software is used on the course.

You will develop a variety of skills including:

  • Website design and development.
  • Working with digital graphics.
  • Building and configuring a computer.
  • Producing financial models for business.
  • Producing information systems for business.
  • Presentation and interview skills.
  • Industry / professional writing skills.

Course content

There are 6 units studied over 2 years, which include a mixture of technical, design and business influenced units.

Year one

  • Digital Graphics.
  • Computer Systems (core unit).
  • Communication and Employability Skills (core unit).

Year two

  • Spreadsheet Modelling.
  • Website Production.
  • Database Design.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied IT or ICT at GCSE.

Given the significant demands of coursework, you will need to:

  • Be self-motivated and willing to work independently.
  • Have effective time management skills.
  • Be organised.
  • Be able to prioritise.
  • Be confident at written communication.
  • Be prepared to present in front of a small audience.

Future opportunities

This course offers progression onto a wide range of degree courses, apprenticeships and careers, including network technician, programmer, web developer, systems analyst, digital media, information systems, network support, business, accountancy, teaching, advertising, and TV and film production.

Further information

An optional trip to EGX, the UK's biggest games event, provides opportunities to play new games, hear from leading developers and get careers advice from the games industry.

There are visits to university Computer Science departments during the course; recently we have been to Oxford and Birmingham.

Past trips have included the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park and the Science Museum in London.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 October 2017

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