Based in our dedicated IT classrooms, learning takes place within a
supportive and friendly environment. This course offers an interesting and
challenging series of units designed to provide students with a broad knowledge
of IT and help you develop relevant skills to enable you to work in the modern
Undertaking 13 units you will combine practical activity and academic study
across a wide variety of units. This qualification is studied over two years and
carries UCAS tariff points.
BTEC Nationals require applied learning that brings together knowledge and
understanding with practical and technical skills. This is achieved through
learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of
appropriate vocational behaviours and transferable skills. Transferable skills
are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are
valued in both higher education and the workplace.
- Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (Assessment by 2hr Examination) You
will learn about hardware and software and how they come together and interact
with each other to form an IT system. Also about the relationship between
users and systems and exploring issues related to using IT systems and their
impact on us as individual s and also how they affect business practices.
- Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information (External Assessment) You
will explore the purpose and structure of relational databases and look at the
structure of data. You will examine how you can design and then implement an
effective database system solution.
- Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business (Internal Assessment) You will
explore ways in which businesses can make use of social media, the methods and
benefits of doing so and the issues and dangers that exist. You will examine
different social media websites and develop and implement a social media plan
for a business.
- Unit 4: Programming (Internal Assessment) You will learn the skills of
computer program development to design and program solutions to a variety of
problems. Programming is all about problem solving, you will use computational
thinking skills to analyse problems, identify patterns and break down complex
tasks into more manageable chunks.
- Unit 9 IT Project Management (Internal Assessment) You will investigate
the principles of project management and different project management
methodologies as used in the IT industry. You will deliver an IT project using
at least one project management methodology and complete the five main stages
of a project.
- Unit 11 Cyber Security and Incident Management (External Assessment) You
will examine the many different types of cyber security attacks, the
vulnerabilities that exist in networked systems and the techniques that can be
used to defend an organisation’s networked systems. You will investigate the
techniques used to assess risks and ways of planning to deal with the results
of a cyber-security incident and recover systems following an incident.
- Unit 14 IT Service Delivery (External Assessment) You will apply
understanding of IT systems and the IT service life cycle to explore the needs
of organisations and the IT services that facilitate their success. You will
learn how to interpret the needs and goals of organisations to define the IT
services required and to analyse related requirements to explore how
information, data and IT systems (software and hardware) can be used to
facilitate IT service delivery.
- Unit 5 Data Modelling (Internal Assessment) You will investigate the
fundamentals of the decision-making process. You will find out how using data
modelling provides the computational ability to compare consequences, and
determine a preferred course of action. You will develop the skills and
techniques necessary to create complex spreadsheets in order to produce
accurate information that informs decision making.
- Unit 6 Website Development (Internal Assessment) You will review existing
websites – commenting on their overall design and effectiveness. You will use
scripting languages such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style
development tools. Finally, you will reflect on the website design and
functionality using a testing and review process.
- Unit 8 Computer Games Development (Internal Assessment) You will
investigate the technologies used in the computer gaming industry and the
implications they have for users, developers and organisations. You will
analyse how user needs and preferences impact on game design and how target
technologies affect the design and development of a computer game. Finally,
you will design, create and review a computer game to meet requirements and
reflect on the skills and understanding applied during the design and
- Unit 10 Big Data and Business Analytics (Internal Assessment) You will
investigate how and why organisations collect data and the methods they use to
store and analyse it. You will explore a range of methods to present data for
different audiences and purposes, and statistical methods used to analyse
data. You will use software to analyse a data set to provide information that
could inform business plans and improve profitability.
- Unit 17 2D and 3D Graphics (Internal Assessment) You will investigate the
purpose and characteristics of different 2D and 3D digital graphics including
how graphics are created and represented in digital form, and the legal
requirements. You will also explore the impact of the technologies used on the
usability and accuracy of the digital graphics. You will design and develop 2D
and 3D digital graphics for an audience and purpose. To do this you will use
specialist software and hardware.
- Unit 18 Digital Animation and Effects (Internal Assessment) You will
investigate the purpose, legal requirements and technical characteristics, for
example techniques and principles of different digital animation and effects
products. You will explore how graphics are created and the impact of the
technologies used on the digital animation and effects products. You will
design and develop a digital animation and effects product for an audience and
purpose. To do this, you will use specialist software and hardware to develop
the digital product.
* Units may be subject to change.
Five GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above including Maths and English. Level 3 students who do not achieve a grade 4 in English and/or Maths will study a GCSE in the subject(s) as part of their study programme.
Study for a degree at university. Students who have completed the course have progressed to a wide range of degrees including; Computer Science, Forensic Computing, Web Development, Games Design and Development, Business and IT and non IT related degrees. Other learners have used their skills to become a specialist within the IT sector or in the wider job market.