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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy

Course description

This course is well suited to people who wish to use computers creatively and enjoy problem solving. The course is entirely portfolio based so there are no external exams.

At Key Stage Five we offer a range of qualifications to support progression in this subject area:

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (A Level)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT (Double Award - 2 A level equivalence)
  • BCS Level 3 Certificate in using IT (Advanced ECDL)

    The course introduces you to the fundamentals of computer systems and you will develop a range of software skills including creating spreadsheets, designing websites, information systems, networking and employability skills.

    BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma course is equivalent to 1 A-Level. It can lead to the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT. It can also lead to a variety of jobs including web development, technical support and software engineer.

  • Entry requirements

    Minimum of Grade C in both Maths and English. It is not necessary for you to have studied ICT previousl.

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy directly.

    Last updated date: 08 August 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years


    • More information
      • If you want to study in a large and vibrant Sixth From in a successful school, Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy could be for you. We offer a wide range of diverse, academic and vocational courses and personlaise each student's crriculum toensure they are successful in the most appropriate courses.                                                                                                       We have recently opened our brand new Sixth Form Independent Learning Centre which is purpose built for KS5 students to have apce for independent study.  <p>We are a supportive and inclusive Sixth Form which aims to promote academic achievement for all students. We aim to give students greater responsibility for their own learning and encourage students to make well informed decisions about their futures. We expect sixth formers to represent mature and respected role models to lower school students.

        <p>We have an active Sixth Form Council which organises Charity and Social events and has a say in decision making. All Sixth Form students benefit from advice from Connexions regarding University and vocational courses. Our team of experienced tutors assist with UCAS applications and help prepare students for work, interviews and life after Lord Lawson.
        <p>Lord Lawson Academy has state of the art facilities for sixth formers which include an exclusive (and brand new) Independent Learning Centre with access to high quality computers as well as a separate Sixth Form social block. We off er a broad and balanced curriculum with a wide variety of Level 3 qualifi cations and an experienced pastoral team to support and advise students in their studies and in the next stage of their career.

        <p>We offer taster days at Universities, work experience opportunities and provide links with businesses offering jobs.
        <p>In recent years we have reason to be very proud of the achievements of our sixth former students and last year nearly every student who wished to progress to University gained entry to a University of their choice. Three students gained entry to Oxbridge and the average grades of students who were taking 3 or more A Levels (or equivalent) was AAB. <p>In April 2013 Ofsted pronounced the Academy as securely “Good” and noted in particular that “The eff ectiveness of the Sixth Form is good and the vast majority of students go onto higher education, training, or employment.” They also reported that “Students are well known and the courses they take are well matched to their needs.”</p>

        <p>All in all we hope to ensure the success of all students with a strong pastoral care programme.