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Information Technology at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

The BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma allows students to take a truly practical ICT course. The Subsidiary Diploma is designed to continue the approach to learning that students have had at school, if they have studied ICT on a vocational programme. Students will experience a very ‘hands on’, practical course, with the ability to be creative using ICT skills, and to apply them in a range of contexts.

Course content

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is a 2-year vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programme. Students will learn about the use and management of IT facilities in a variety of different work-related contexts.

Provisional Course Outline:

Year 12
Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT
Developing communication skills using IT facilities.
Unit 2: Computer Systems
Understanding about hardware and software and carrying out routine maintenance.
Unit 42: Spreadsheet Modelling
Working with Excel to design and create complex spreadsheets.

Year 13
Unit 3: Information Systems
How computers and IT are used within business..
Unit 28: Website Production
The principles behind how to design an effective website for a business need.
Unit 30: Digital Graphics
Introduction to the basic production considerations involved when creating an image.

Entry requirements

3 A level Programme:
The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

4 A level Programme:
Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least five grade 7s or A/A* grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

If you have taken an IT course at GCSE you must have achieved at least a grade 4 (C), or at least a merit in OCR Nationals. This is in addition to standard A level/A level equivalent entry requirements.


100% Coursework
No Examinations
Examining Board – Edexcel.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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