Reasons to study this course
- You enjoy studying how computers are used within a range of IT systems.
- You want to learn the practical skills in IT, which are transferable to the workplace or higher education.
- You enjoy problem solving and finding IT solutions.
- You enjoy using a varied range of IT applications and are keen to become an expert user of a wide variety of systems.
What you will need to study this course
• genuine interest in Information Technology and Computing
• enjoy working in teams and problem solving
• GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths
What you will study
You will study a varying number of units depending on the pathway you take. Topics are likely to include Creating Systems to Manage Information and Using Social Media in Business. Other units delivered may include Information Technology Systems, Programming, Website Development, Data Modelling and Computer Games Development.
How you will be assessed
Internal and external assessments. Students may have one resit attempt for the externally assessed units.
You will be able to take part in national competitions such as Apps for Good, First Tech Challenge UK, Cyber Discovery and local competitions such as Barclays Tech Innovation. Visits from organisations offering apprenticeships including Barclays Bank and other local apprenticeship schemes.
Many IT students go on to study IT at university for example a degree in Information Management, Digital Management Solutions, Computer Networks Security or Computer Science. This qualification will equip you with a broad range of technical skills, which are suitable for employment or an apprenticeship.
Pearson BTEC National Information Technology Student Book (For the 2016 Specification) by Phillips, Jarvis, Fishpool, McGill, Cook, Atkinson-Beaumont
Pearson BTEC National Level 3 Information Technology: Unit 1 by PM Heathcote