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Information Technology BTEC Level 3 at Varndean College

Course description

IT skills are highly valued in all aspects of business and society and there is a demand for people who have the skills to refine and apply new developments to the real world. This exciting course will enable you to develop your understanding of the latest technologies and to become a competent IT user and successful in the workplace.  You will develop your technical skills in a wide range of industry standard software packages.


Course content

Year 1:

Creating systems to manage information:

From the smallest in-house systems to stock control systems for large online retailers, databases are a significant part of organisational operating requirements. You will study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information. This unit is externally assessed.


Year 2:

Using social media in business

You will learn how social media is used to promote products and services and will undertake a practical project to develop and implement a social media plan for a business. This unit is internally assessed.

Information technology systems:

You learn how to effectively select and use appropriate IT systems and explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system.  Examine the issues related to using IT systems and their impact on organisations and individuals.

Website development: 

You will design and develop a website using scripting languages such as (HTML, CSS and Javascript).

Entry requirements

Standard advanced course requirements plus grade 4 in GCSE Maths.  A grade 4 in GCSE IT or equivalent is desirable.


Exam and substantial coursework component in both first and second year.

60% exam, 40% coursework 


Future opportunities

University courses include Digital Media, Computer Science or Business Information Systems. Apprenticeships.  Good IT skills are in high demand in most areas of employment.

Further information

You will have individual access to a computer during lessons.  Coursework requires time, in addition to normal teaching. It is essential that students can manage their time effectively and be willing to work outside time tabled lessons. Open Access facilities are available for this.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Varndean College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2018
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