Information Technology

IT skills are highly valued in all aspects of business and society and there is a demand for people who have the skills to refine and apply new developments to the real world. This exciting course will enable you to develop your understanding of the latest technologies and to become a competent IT user and successful in the workplace. You will develop your technical skills in a wide range of industry standard software packages.

Year 1

Using social media in business

You will learn how social media is used to promote products and services and will undertake a practical project to develop and implement a social media plan for a business. This unit is internally assessed.

Creating systems to manage information

From the smallest in-house systems to stock control systems for large online retailers, databases are a significant part of organisational operating requirements. You will study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information. This unit is externally assessed.

Year 2

Information technology systems

You will learn about many IT topics, from storage devices and solutions to network protocols and cyber security. There is a focus on business, and you will investigate the impact that a new IT system might have on a business, do the advantages of an upgrade always outweigh any potential issues? This unit is externally assessed.

Website development

You will learn practical skills in web design, such as using html, css and javascript. We will investigate features that make a successful website and compare different websites. Finally, we will create a website to a client brief and upload it to the internet. This unit is internally assessed.

Course Essentials

Courses Available
Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)
Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and Grade 4 in GCSE ICT or equivalent desirable.
How The Course is Assessed

Exam and substantial coursework component in both first and second year.

60% Exam, 40% Coursework
Career Pathways
University courses include Digital Media, Computer Science or Business Information Systems. Apprenticeships. Good IT skills are in high demand in most areas of employment.
Transferable Skills
Problem-solving; critical thinking; communicating; working collaboratively; negotiating; influencing; adaptability and resilience.
Other Information
You will have individual access to a computer during lessons. Coursework requires time in addition to normal teaching. It is essential that students can manage their time effectively and be willing to work outside timetabled lessons. Open access facilities are available for this.
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