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BTEC ICT at Uplands Community College School Sixth Form

Course description

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
  • Self-Management
  • 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.


Computer Systems

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.


Optional Unit

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:

  • E-commerce
  • Website Production
  • Digital Graphics
  • Computer Animation
  • Supporting Business Activity

Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 03 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Bc
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    • Wadhurst is situated on the Kent/Sussex border seven miles (11 km) east of Crowborough and about seven miles (11 km) south of Tunbridge Wells.  It is also within easy reach of Ticehurst, Burwash, Mayfield and Heathfield in East Sussex, and Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst and Cranbrook in Kent.


      There is limited parking available on the College site during the day.  Visitors travelling by car may prefer to park in the public car park, which is situated next to the Greyhound Pub in the High Street, adjacent to the College. 


      Uplands is a Community College and we have a Sports Centre on-site, which is open to the public and a Youth Centre across the road.  The entire College site, including the Sports Centre is a non-smoking environment. 

      The College is:

      • Within easy reach of the A21


      • Approximately 1 mile from Wadhurst Railway Station


      • Served by bus routes from the surrounding towns/villages


      • Located within the centre of Wadhurst; Sixth Form students are permitted to visit the local shops during study periods and break/lunchtime