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BTEC Diploma in IT at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

If you have a keen interest in computers, in how they work and what they are used for, then BTEC IT is the right course for you. If your career plans are a little uncertain BTEC IT is a nationally recognised qualification that goes well with many degrees and careers.

Course content

In the first year, you will study units such as Communication and Employability Skills for IT, Computer Systems, Digital Graphics and Computers, Computer Animation, and IT Systems Analysis and Design.

In the second year you will study such units as an IT project, Communication Technologies, Developing Computer Games, Website Production and Management, Installing and Upgrading Software, and Information Systems.

Entry requirements

You need to have an interest in computers as the course will take up a large part of your timetable. No prior knowledge is assumed but a desire to learn and absorb new information is a great advantage. You will learn and develop a variety of skills such as programming, web design, graphics, animation, team work and practical computer maintenance.

Entry requirements for Sixth Form are 5 A*- C at GCSE, including English and Mathematics, although certain courses will have specific requirements.


There are no exams. All work is internally marked and then moderated by BTEC. Assignments are criteria based and when sufficient criteria have been achieved, a pass, merit or distinction can be awarded for the unit. The unit grades are then added up and an overall course grade awarded.

Financial information

Over the duration of this course students may be required to attend visits to further their learning. If there are any cost implications student will be notified in advance and financial support may be offered to students who would have difficulty funding such visits.

Future opportunities

There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for progression within education or into employment in this vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to study in detail or work in a particular area of work. This qualification will prepare students for further study within higher education or alternatively a career within the chosen sector. Entry into higher education will be dependent on University entry criteria and students should contact Universities directly to ensure progression routes are suited to specific course combinations.

Further information

The IT curriculum area organises lots of extra activities for students including trips and visits to local museums and universities. You will be able to take part in enrichment activities such as creating websites.

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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