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BTEC CERTIFICATE ICT at Peter Symonds College

Course description

The BTEC National is an advanced level IT course which involves the theoretical and practical study of both computer and IT related topics. The course content is equally suited to both male and female students due to its diverse programme of study. The content of the course is a combination of the AS/A2 ICT, Computing and Applied ICT courses. Students can enjoy studying a range of interesting IT related topics and learn a range of different software including the Adobe Software Suite as well as traditional Microsoft Office and programming languages.

An outline of Subsidiary Diploma topics are listed below and those marked with an asterisk are the 3 topics which will be studied in the first year to achieve the Certificate:

Communication and Employability Skills: This unit provides an opportunity for students to understand the range of such non┬Čtechnical soft skills and to appreciate what other skills and knowledge they will need to develop in order to be an effective employee. By the end of the unit, students will have had opportunity to identify and consider their own set of skills and, where necessary, improve them.

Computer Systems: Most IT practitioners will at some stage have to set up, use, customise and maintain a computer system or systems. In order to do so effectively they will need to understand the components that make up a computer system. The operating system interacts with the hardware components in order to make a functioning machine. As this relationship is so close, this unit develops skills in hardware components and the operating systems. Although the Microsoft operating system currently dominates the market, it is not the only operating system and students should explore at least one other.

e-Commerce: The unit starts by looking at the technologies needed to operate e-commerce, ie the hardware, software and networking required for an e-commerce system to be implemented. Different categories of e-commerce such as e-tailers (those operating only online) and financial services, and the benefits and drawbacks for organisations of using e-commerce are considered. Attention is given to issues such as legislation and promotion. How do you get your company to the top of search lists? Security is a big issue as it affects customer trust. The unit considers the payment systems available and how they compare.

Website Production: This unit considers the whole process from identification of need, design, build, upload, test, maintain and review. It is important that learners do not just develop skills in specific techniques but are also able to select when and where they are most appropriate, basing this decision on client and user needs. As with any field of IT, a comprehensive understanding of the relevant legislation and guidelines is always fundamental.

Digital Graphics: In this unit, learners will be expected to identify the technical requirements for the creation, storage and manipulation of complex artwork. They will be required to produce original images using drawing packages and also to create and edit electronically captured images. Learners will identify suitable images to enhance a variety of electronic media and use available tools and techniques to ensure that the finished document meets the user need.

Client Side Customisation:
This specialist unit is an introduction to the creation of dynamic web pages and the importance of compliance with web standards. Building on skills learned in the Website Production unit the fundamental characteristics of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and a chosen scripting language (Javascript and jQuery) are explored. Dynanic web pages with sophisticated layouts incorporating user interactivity and calculations are developed.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including Maths and English

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1/2 years