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Information Technology BTEC Level 3 Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma at Worthing College

Course description

This is a work-related qualification which provides preparation for employment in a variety of IT-based occupations or progression onto further study. The topics covered include:

  • Practical experience in a variety of software packages including webpage design
  • Investigation into how IT is used in the world of business.

Course content

Year 1

Communication and Employability Skills for IT:

Non-technical skills and attitudes, known as soft skills, are key to employability as well as the technical skills and knowledge required for specific jobs in IT. Soft skills are those skills relating to an individual’s ability to communicate and work effectively with others, to use appropriate language, be dependable and conscientious, and to generally behave in an acceptable manner in the workplace. Soft skills complement hard skills, which are the knowledge, understanding and technical skills required to do a job.

In this unit you will come to appreciate the soft skills you need to develop to become an effective employee. You will identify and consider your own soft skills and, through practice, improve these skills.

Computer Systems:

At some stage most IT professionals will have to set up and customise a computer system or systems. To do so effectively they will need to understand the components that make up computer systems. The operating system interacts with the hardware and software components in order to make a functioning machine.

In this unit you will consider a range of hardware and come to understand the technical specifications of components.

Website Production:

Designers of websites must use increasingly sophisticated techniques to capture interest, as well as ensuring that an appropriate company image is presented. Usability issues, such as navigation methods, must be considered carefully.

This unit starts by exploring web architecture and the factors that influence website performance. You will investigate the web development process from identification of need, design, build, and test through to review.

Year 2

A further 3 units will be studied in the second year.

Digital Graphics:

Many documents incorporate an element of graphics or graphic design. From the layout of the text, to the image used to promote a product, it is expected that there will be some form of graphic representation.

Technology enables the production and reproduction of images to all scales, sizes and colours. High-capacity storage devices, digital cameras, specialist software and printers mean that high quality and appropriate images can be designed and produced more easily than before. There is now little excuse for not creating documents that use graphic images effectively.

Computer Animation:

Computer animation is the art of creating moving images through the use of computers. It brings together computer graphics and animation techniques. Animation does not require computers, however the increasing ability of computers to create and manipulate sets of images has allowed basic animation to reach new levels of sophistication and realism.

To create the illusion of movement, a sequence of images is displayed over time and the human eye perceives this sequence as continual movement. This technique is at the heart of all existing technologies such as television and motion pictures. It is increasingly created by means of 3D computer graphics, although 2D computer graphics are still widely used for low bandwidth and faster real-time needs. Only 2D graphics are required in this unit.

Computer Game Production:

Learn how to produce 2-D computer games. This unit includes an introduction to computer programming. You will also look at the affect of computer games on individuals and society.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade.


All units are assignment based, allowing you to build up a portfolio of your work. There are no exams.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT is valued by employers and can lead to career opportunities in Business Systems Management, E-Commerce, Management Information Systems or Database Management. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to higher or further education or an apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 August 2016
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