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IT BTEC at Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School

Course description

This course would be most suitable for students who are progressing from ITQ or with Merits or Passes in OCR Nationals Level 2 who wish to continue developing their knowledge and understanding of ICT and its application.

Course content

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems

Information technology (IT) systems have a significant role in the world around us and play a part in almost everything we do. Having a sound understanding of how to effectively select and use appropriate IT systems is of great benefit personally and professionally. You will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, the way systems work individually and together as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that these have on organisations and individuals. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.

Unit 2: Creating systems to manage information

Relational databases are widely used to manage and process data, in order to produce information to support many business processes as well as our own social lives. From the smallest in-house systems to stock control systems for large online retailers, databases are repositories of information that are a significant part of organisational operating requirements. You will examine the structure of data, its origins and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database. You will examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system. You will then test your solution to ensure it works correctly. Finally, you will evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of your database solution.

Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business

In this unit, you will explore different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes. You will develop a plan to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and objectives. You will then implement the plan, developing and posting content and interacting with others. Finally, you will collect data on the business use of social media and review the effectiveness of your efforts.

Unit 6: Website Development

In this unit, you will review existing websites, commenting on their overall design and effectiveness. You will use scripting languages such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript® and a simple text editor, or rapid application development tools. Finally, you will reflect on the website design and functionality using a testing and review process

Entry requirements

C in GCSE Computer Science or ICT



· 33% Unit 1 - 2hours’ written examination.

· 25% Unit 2 – externally assessed coursework.

A level

· 25% Unit 3 - 2 ½ hours’ written examination.

· 17% Unit 6 - 2 ½ hours’ written examination

Future opportunities

A BTEC gives students a wide range of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment. 

Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management.  Those who opt for work-based training are likely to progress to IT User Practitioner NVQs.

Further information

This course is practical and is assessed through the application of skills and knowledge taught during the course.   

Each unit is assessed through examinations and assignments.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School directly.

Last updated date: 10 February 2016
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