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ICT at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

This is an advanced level vocational IT course involving theoretical and practical study of both computer and IT related topics. It is an exciting course that includes a wide range of units designed to provide an excellent platform for students wishing to either progress towards a course in higher education or enter the world of work
in IT.

The BTEC in ICT will give you the knowledge to progress into a specific area of employment within the IT sector. The nature of the course structure allows the qualification to be flexible and adapted to meet your interests and aspirations.

There are two compulsory units plus four more from a choice of specialist areas such as:
• Software Development
• Technical Customer Support
• Networking
• Hardware

The entire course is taught through practical use of the appropriate ICT systems. Software used will include:
• Word Processing
• Multimedia
• Databases
• Sound Editing
• Spread sheet
• Video Editing
• Graphics
• Networking Simulations
• Web Design

Entry requirements

For BTEC study you will need to have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.  This must include GCSE Maths & English at grade C or above.


Each unit requires a portfolio of evidence to be produced that demonstrates the skills and knowledge required.

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment in a wide variety of potential careers such as the computer games industry, product development, technical support, technical sales, telecommunications and hardware engineering. Jobs that are commonly taken after completion of the qualification are: systems analyst, computer service technician and computer operator. The BTEC in ICT has the equivalence of one GCE ‘A’ Level and it is possible to progress further into University education, studying ICT and Computing based courses

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years