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4 or more grades 4-9.
Additional entry requirement: Grade 4+ in a numerate subject.
A literate subject includes any GCSE English qualification or any other GCSE essay-based subject, such as History, Geography or Sociology (these are not exclusive).
A numerate subject includes GCSE Maths or ANY GCSE Science course. If students are doing double Science, then just one of the grades being at 4 will be sufficient.
A GCSE grade of 4 and above in the relevant subject will supersede either of the above criteria.
- Coursework = 40%
- Examination = 60%
(Available as equivalent to 1 or 2 A Levels)
IT is at the heart of everyday life, at home, work and in our leisure time from computer graphics and control systems to communications and problem-solving. This course, which focuses on creativity and innovation, is designed to provide an academic qualification in preparation for IT employment or study in higher education. You will study specialist topics such as website customisation, database design, and programming. Your grade will be based on one written exam, one practical exam and 2 coursework units.
What skills will I develop?
You will develop literacy, numeracy, technical and creative skills through the programme of study.
You will additionally learn more specialist skills, including the fundamentals of programming, web development (HTML/CSS/Java), spreadsheet modelling and database design.
What topics will I study?
This course is available as both a Subsidiary Diploma (equiv. 1 A Level) and Diploma (equiv. 2 A Levels). Topics for both options are outlined below:
BTEC Extended Certificate
- Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
- Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information
- Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
- Unit 6: Website Development
All previous units, plus:
- Unit 4: Programming
- Unit 5: Data Modelling
- Unit 9: IT Project Management
- Unit 11: Cyber Security + Incident Management
Where does the course lead?
This course prepares students for subjects like IT, Computer Science and a range of software engineering degrees.
Alternatively, having built up a range of specialist knowledge and insight, students are better prepared to enter the world of employment in the IT sector.