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BTEC Level 3 Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma in IT at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

BTEC IT gives you the chance to build on existing skills in using software (such as Office, graphics and website creation software) but also provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of working computers.   You will learn how to maintain your computer; replace hardware components; carry out software installation and how to set up your own network.

Course content

Important note: The scope of IT courses is regularly changing so we reserve the right to amend the units offered or change the awarding body we work with if we feel this is in the best interest of our learners.


What you study each year will depend on the choice of award you make. There is the option to take the subject as a single A Level equivalent over two years (Subsidiary Diploma or a 2 A Level equivalent (Diploma).  You are advised to take advice as to which option is best for you, based around your career/ university aspirations.
All students will study the units listed under the Certificate qualification in their first year, as this includes compulsory units. We aim to offer flexibility within some of the other choices available, wherever grouping makes this viable, but the typical offering is listed below.

Certificate (all students achieved this qualification as a minimum at the end of Year 1)
• Communication and Employability Skills for ICT
• Computer Systems
• Website Production
Subsidiary Diploma (this is achieved at the end of Year 1 for those undertaking the Diploma course and at the end of Year 2 for those undertaking the Subsidiary Diploma course)
• E-commerce
• Networking
• Graphics
Information Systems (mandatory unit)
• Other modules chosen will give the opportunity to extend on some of those taken on earlier parts of the course.  Options include:

Organisational Systems Security
Computer Animation
Installing and Upgrading Software
Impact of the use of IT on Business Systems
Developing Computer Games

Study Visits

Visiting speakers from local universities such as Sheffield Hallam University/Sheffield University.   Opportunity for visits to local universities.

Work Placement

There will also be the opportunity to undertake a work placement in order to gain hands on experience of working in an IT-related role.


Entry requirements

General Level 3 entry requirements.


3 / 6 coursework units per year.  (No examinations.)

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Future opportunities

Some students combine IT with courses such as Business, Art or Media, but it can be studied alongside any other subject as it builds very useful IT skills in its own right.

Students have gone on to careers in / as: Data Analyst, Multimedia Programmer, IT Support Worker. 

Further information

For more information about this course visit one of our Open Evenings or chat to your school Careers Adviser.

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: 25 September 2018
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.