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Information Technology Btec Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

The BTEC in I.T. offers an engaging programme for those interested in pursuing an I.T. based career path. Whilst being broadly equivalent to one A Level, it is also recognised in industry because it is competency based. This makes it ideal for those who are clear about the area of employment they wish to enter. This qualification would also be suitable for those wishing to explore the apprenticeship route


Unit 1 - Communication & Employability Skills for I.T. - Written assignments & practical assessments.
Topics include: employee attributes, the principles of effective communication, using ICT to communicate effectively, identify personal development needs.
Unit 2 - Computer Systems - Written assignment & practical assessments.
Topics include: hardware components of computer systems, software components of computer systems, routine computer maintenance.

Future opportunities

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in I.T. is accepted as an A Level equivalent by most universities, especially if considering an I.T. or computing related degree. It is also recognised, and many places favoured, by employers in the I.T. industry. It is also accepted for students wishing to follow the apprenticeship route.

Further information

As a BTEC this is a two year course and cannot be dropped at the end of year one. Students would also study a further four optional units to provide skills andunderstanding in a range of I.T. areas. This would include networks, software and technical support.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.