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IT Level 3 BTEC Pearson at Grey Court School

Course description

You will develop your technical skills in working with PC computers, together with developing your ability to think out solutions to problems, give presentations, take part in group discussion in an effective way, share work in a team with others, and write reports and technical documents.

This is a practical hands-on course for students who wish to develop their expertise with IT and its uses. The Subsidiary Diploma is a two year course equivalent to one A Level. The course teaches you how to use computer software packages rather than how a computer works. The course is about learning to use tools and software.

Course content

Year 12

Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information:

You will examine the structure of data and 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 that it works correctly. Finally, you will evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of your database solution. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.

The skills you gain in this unit support progression to IT-related higher education courses and to employment in a role that requires computing-related expertise.

 

Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business:

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.

Understanding how to use social media for business purposes is useful for employment in information technology and in a variety of business sectors. Also, social media skills are closely linked with web and mobile applications development. This unit gives you a starting point for progression to roles such as social media specialist, content developer and web developer.

 

Year 13

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems:

You will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that 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 they have on organisations and individuals. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.

 

 

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. Many software developers, database experts and systems managers need web-client development skills as an integral part of their overall portfolio of expertise. This unit will prepare you for employment as a website developer or as a website development apprenticeship. The unit
will benefit you if you want to go on to higher education to develop your studies.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Previous study of IT at GCSE level is useful but not essential.

5 GCSES at grade 9- 4 including minimum grade 5 in Maths and grade 5 in English language

Assessment

Year 12

Unit 2:

Externally Assessed, 10 hour practical exam in an IT room.

A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. 


The supervised assessment period is ten hours arranged over a number of sessions in a 1 week assessment period timetabled by Pearson. 


Completed using a computer and submitted electronically. 


66marks.

 

Unit 3:

Internally assessed: An assignment is issued to learners as an assignment brief with a defined start date, a completion date and clear requirements for the evidence that they need to provide. There may be specific observed practical components during the assignment period. Assignments can be divided into tasks and may require several forms of evidence.

Year 13

Unit 1:

Externally assessed, 120 min written examanation set and marked by Pearson

 

Unit 6:

Internally assessed: An assignment is issued to learners as an assignment brief with a defined start date, a completion date and clear requirements for the evidence that they need to provide. There may be specific observed practical components during the assignment period. Assignments can be divided into tasks and may require several forms of evidence.

Future opportunities

The course develops expertise that is helpful for employment in roles where IT is used. It is suitable for progression on to higher education in a wide range of fields as part of an appropriately chosen overall programme of study. While the way we offer the Subsidiary Diploma is as part of a wider programme of study alongside courses in other subjects, it can also subsequently be developed further by taking more units to widen your expertise and achieve the more specialised full BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma qualifications.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: IT BTEC

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