BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Information Technology Course at Varndean College

 

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

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


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.

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YEAR 2


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

Information technology systems

You learn how to effectively select and use appropriate IT systems and explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system. Examine the issues related to using IT systems and their impact on organisations and individuals.

Website development

You will design and develop a website using scripting languages such as (HTML, CSS and Javascript).

COURSE ESSENTIALS

COURSES AVAILABLE:


Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:


Standard advanced course requirements plus
Grade 4 in GCSE Maths
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 ICT 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.

ENQUIRIES TO:


Tim Bowry twb@vardean.ac.uk