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IT BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma at Brooklands College

Course description

The BTEC National is a vocational course which covers general and specialised aspects of IT.

On the Subsidiary Diploma students will study 6 units in their first year. If suitable they may then progress onto the second year to study a further 6 units to achieve the National Diploma equivalent to 2 A levels. 

On the Extended Diploma, students will study 18 units over two years and achieve a qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Course content

Students take several core units and then, dependent on intake, may follow one of the specialised routes:

Here students will look at the impact IT has had on the Business world and how it can be used in the future.  Units include e-Commerce, Website Production and Management and Organisational Systems Security.

IT Support
Here students learn how to maintain a computer system. Units include Computer Systems and IT Technical Support.

Software Development including Computer Games Development
Here students learn how to design and produce computer programs. Units include Principles of Software Design & Development, Event Driven Programming, Computer Games Design and Developing Computer Games. 

Students on the Subsidiary Diploma will also study Functional Skills in Literacy or Numeracy, Level 2 Award in Work Skills and retake GCSEs as appropriate. Students will be expected to go on work experience for 2 weeks during the year.


Entry requirements

Subsidiary - 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above including 1 B in English.
Extended Diploma - 5 GCSE passes at grade C including 2 at grade B or above (in English and Maths).


You will be assessed throughout the course on a mixture of internally and externally set assignments.

Financial information

There are two set textbooks available for this course that will be ordered through the department. There will also be educational visits which are an essential part of the course Costs will be advised by your tutor.  Students are allocated a certain amount of free printing, after which a small fee will be incurred.

Future opportunities

Most students would be expected to move onto a Degree or other Higher Education Programmes. Alternatively you may choose to move into IT Apprenticeships or employment in the computing industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooklands College directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2016
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