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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT at Forge Valley School

Course description

This qualification provides candidates with high quality, industry-relevant qualifications geared to the specific requirements of key sectors. It is a vocationally-related qualification that provides valuable opportunities for individuals to develop skills and gain underpinning knowledge and understanding which will support entry into work or progression to further studies through further education or higher education.

This BTEC course is studied alongside 2 or 3 A levels and is a course highly regarded for those wanting to progress onto a degree.

Results last year were outstanding with 100% of students achieving a Distinction/Distinction* grade, equivalent to an A/A* at A level. A high number of students have progressed onto specialist IT degree courses, the qualification will also give all students a strong grounding in IT for future careers.

Course content

Core Units:

  • Communication and Employability skills for IT
  • Computer Systems

Option Units:

  • E-Commerce
  • Digital Graphics
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Website Production
  • Developing Computer Games
  • Cyber Security

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma – 60 credits

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus of the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent, including Grade 4 in English and ICT / Computer Science (or equivalent)



100% continuous assessment including written assignments, practical activities such as setting up a standalone computer system, observations and presentations.

Future opportunities

The qualifications provide progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions and employment opportunities.


IT is useful to all students, not just those who wish to follow a future career in an IT related industry. It provides high level skills in areas that are very attractive to future employers.


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: 08 October 2018
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