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BTEC Level 3 Information Technology at Ilfracombe Academy

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 course in ICT offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment they wish to enter. The course leads to the BTEC Certificate qualification, equivalent to AS Level, at the end of Year 12 and to the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualification equivalent to A Level at the end of Year 13. The course is designed to develop:

  •  the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
  •  the skills to work collaboratively;
  •  the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts to solve problems;
  •  an understanding of the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations and society and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations on the use of IT;
  •  an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society.

The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus of the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

Course content

Unit 1 - Communication and Employability Skills for IT (Mandatory)

This unit ensures that learners understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs.

Unit 2 - Computer Systems (Mandatory)

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems.

Unit 28 - Website Production (Optional)

The aim of this unit is to enable a learner to understand web architecture and the factors that affect its performance and to be able to design and create interactive websites.

Unit 30 - Digital Graphics (Optional)

This unit aims to enable learners to understand different types of digital graphics images and file formats and to be able to create, edit, modify and manipulate digital images of various types and complexity.

Unit 40 - Computer Games Design (Optional)

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of the underlying principles of game design. Learners will examine visual style and gameplay present in games by undertaking structured gameplay. They will generate game design ideas and learn about and prepare initial formal documentation to communicate these ideas.

Unit 43 - Multimedia Design (Optional)

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how multimedia is used in business and to be able to create multimedia products to meet business needs.

Students study one mandatory plus one optional unit in each of Years 12 and 13.

Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of 4 grade C’s at GCSE. The course combines well with all other AS and A2 qualifications.

Future opportunities

With an ICT qualification, you can go into employment in many areas of the ICT industry, or further ICT qualifications such as the Higher National Diploma or ICT courses at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ilfracombe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

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