BTEC ICT at Uplands Community College School Sixth Form
This qualification is suitable for wide range of learners, keen to understand the ever changing topic of Information Technology. It is work-related qualification and is designed to accomodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progress to University.
The qualification will also help learners develop six essential skills, which will be of significant use ti throughout all of a learner'sKey Stage 5 studies:
- Independent Enquiry
- Creative Thinking
- Reflective Learning
- Team Working
- Effective Participation
Two mandatory units will be studied.
Communication and Employability Skills for IT
In this unit, learners will come to appreciate the soft skills they need to develop to become effective eployeers. learners will identify and consider their own soft skills and, through practise, improve these skills.
Communication skills are key to success in any sector but are particularly important in highly technical sectors, such as IT, where the language used can become full of jargon. it is important that learners are able to communicate with non-technical staff and understand when different types and vehicles of communication are appropriate.
In this unit, learners will consider a range of hardware and come to understand the technical specifications of components. The operating system interacts with the hardware and software components in order to make a functioning machine. There are a number of different operating systems, despite the dominance of the Microsoft operating system, and learners will explore at least one other. In terms of software, the operating system itself often provides utility programmes that assist the user in managing the machine. other third party software utility programmes such as virus checkers are also used extensively. This unit considers both types of utility software.
In addition, a third unit will be chosen for study, dependant upon the interest and abilities of the cohort. Some of the units that could be chosen for study include:
- Website Production
- Digital Graphics
- Computer Animation
- Supporting Business Activity
5 grade A*-C at GCSE including grade C in English and Mathematics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uplands Community College School Sixth Form directly.