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Information Technology BTEC level 3 Diploma at Edgbarrow School

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma offers students the opportunity to achieve an A Level equivalent qualification that is based on practical learning.  The principle difference between A Level and BTEC is the method of assessment.  BTEC is internally assessed through a series of assignments set by staff with strict guidelines.  Students continually know where they are and what they need to do to improve their grade.  The content is similar to the A Level, however the focus is on demonstrating practical skills. 
The IT BTEC at Level 3 is equivalent to two A Levels and will be completed over two years.


Course content

Learning will be through practical experimentation with a range of hardware and software, including some work experience with our own technicians.  This is then summarised through short written tasks, group presentations and online records including wikis, blogs, vlogs and podcasts. 

In Year 12, students will study two core units, Computer Systems and Communication Skills, plus four optional units focusing on aspects of computer networks.  Through these units students should be able to build a simple computer The mandatory units are: system, including selecting suitable hardware and installing appropriate software.  Students will then be able to set up and manage a small network using their computers. 

In Year 13, students will study another six units covering the use of specialist software for processing data, programming, editing media and troubleshooting. This will include designing and creating a computer game, including creating graphics and a user interface and also web development.


Entry requirements

Level 2 BTEC in IT at Merit level or above, or GCSE ICT or Computing at grade C or above.

Future opportunities

Many students go onto ICT related courses, either at university or through apprenticeships, including studying industry standard qualifications such as the Microsoft Certified Professional programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Edgbarrow School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September