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ICT Practitioners BTEC Level 2 Award at Reading College

Course description

The IT industry is constantly evolving and developing in new and innovative ways. This Diploma will provide you with a broad introduction to the world of IT, allowing you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the contribution technology makes to modern life. 

You will develop your knowledge and skills in a creative and enjoyable way, combining academic learning with hands-on experience. This course offers students the opportunity to study a range of subjects including software design, computer hardware, databases, networking and web development. 

You will also develop your English, maths and ICT skills to help you to complete your course work and prepare for further study or employment.

Course content

The BTEC Diploma in IT will provide you with the understanding, skills and knowledge needed to prepare you for either entering employment or moving on to further studies. You will learn how to come up with creative solutions and how to plan and deliver successful IT projects. 

This course offers students the opportunity to study a range of subjects including computer systems, which introduces you to the basic hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and lets you carry out basic installation and configuration. 

Another topic covered is software design and development, which covers software development process and the features of programming languages, and lets you use design tools to develop software solutions. Computer Hardware develops your knowledge, understanding and skills in the installation of hardware components in a computer system, and Databases covers database systems as well as the practical skills to translate that understanding into the design and creation of databases. You will also study spreadsheets and learn about their uses, and how to develop, test and document spreadsheet models. 

Networking covers the role of IT networks in organisations including their features services and components, and teaches you to set up a small network for personal or commercial use. Web Development teaches you how websites function and their purpose as business tools, and lets you design and publish a multiple page website. You will also research, plan and complete an individual project. 

The course also includes modules to develop your functional skills in English and maths.

The BTEC Diploma in IT is not an exam-based course. Instead assessment is through coursework. You will study real-life work-based case studies and complete projects and assessments on an ongoing basis. This will allow you to analyse and improve your own performance throughout the course in much the same way as you would in a real workplace. Typically you will be working on several assignments on different topics at the same time so good time management is important.

You will develop IT teamwork, creative thinking and other skills you will need in life and work. The knowledge and skills learned will allow you to continue your education or pursue a career in IT.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs grade D or above, including English language and maths, or a Foundation Diploma with functional skills at Level 1. All applicants will be interviewed and must show the maturity and self-motivation to cope with the course and a career in the world of IT. In exceptional circumstances students may be admitted with lower qualifications.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a relevant Level 3 course such as the ICT Practitioners BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary/Extended Diploma or A levels. You could also move directly into employment in the IT industry. Many students continue their studies on a part-time basis alongside work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.