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IT BTEC (BTEC) at Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form

Course description

The BTEC in IT has been designed to prepare students for a career in the IT industry. The course allows students to learn about the latest applications that are being used in the ever changing world of Information Technology. Students who have a genuine passion for ICT and are interested in technology would thrive on this course.

The BTEC in IT is an exciting new qualification launched for first teaching in 2016. The course has been completely overhauled to bring it up-to-date with recent technological developments and industry changes. The course is practical based and has a far more technical emphasis than the previous BTEC in IT.

Course content

Students complete four units, two in Y12 and the other two in Y13.

Unit 1 focuses on how IT impacts the world in which we live. Students will learn about digital devices, computer software, emerging technologies, connectivity, networks, online systems, online communities and IT security issues. This unit is assessed by a written examination

Unit 2 is a practical exam where students are asked to build an IT system from scratch. Students will learn how to construct relational databases which are at the heart of almost every modern business today.

Unit 3 is completed in year 13 and revolves around a Social Media coursework project. Learners explore how businesses use social media such as Facebook® and Twitter™ to promote their products and services.

Learners implement their own social media strategies in order to meet business demands.

Unit 4 is the final unit of the course where students design an interactive eCommerce based website. Students will learn about cutting edge web technologies and web programming languages such as JavaScript and HTML5.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C/9-4 at GCSE or equivalent. No previous IT qualification required.


Certificate Year 12

Unit 1 - IT systems - written external exam

Unit 2 - Creating systems to manage information - practical external exam

Extended Certificate Year 13

Unit 3 - using Social Media in Business - internally assessed

Unit 4 - website development- internally assessed

Future opportunities

Careers in web design, project management, graphic design, multimedia product design, database development, IT Maintenance, network management and game design are all possibilities. The BTEC can also allow students to study a related course at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017

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