If you enjoy designing and developing IT solutions and are interested in specialising in web design, games, programming or advanced ICT applications then this course is for you.
The course is designed for those wishing to make a career in roles such as web designer, programmer, help desk support, games developer, data analyst, network administrator, and database administrator.
You will study 7 mandatory units:
- Information technology systems
- You will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals.
- Creating systems to manage information
- You will examine the structure of data and its origins, and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database. You will examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system. You will then test your solution to ensure that it works correctly. Finally, you will evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of your database solution.
- Using social media in business
- In this unit you will explore different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes. You will develop a plan to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and objectives. You will then implement the plan, developing and posting content and interacting with others. Finally, you will collect data on the business use of social media and review the effectiveness of your efforts.
- You will learn about computational thinking skills and the principles of designing and developing computer programs. You will apply computational thinking skills to design, develop, test, refine and review computer programs for a given range of purposes. By developing your analytical, problem-solving and programming skills, this unit will help you to progress to higher education or to employment as a software developer.
- IT project management
- In this unit, 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. You will initiate the project by researching a problem and using your creative skills to generate a range of solutions, undertaking a feasibility study to select an appropriate solution and outline the requirements of the project. You will undertake the planning, execution and monitoring and control stages of the project, either through simulation or by undertaking a major project as part of your BTEC course, which could involve the integration of several units. You will close the project by reflecting on the success of the project outcome and your personal performance.
- Cyber security and incident management
- In this unit, 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. You will examine scenarios, carry out risk assessments and prepare protection plans before protecting networked systems. You will also examine evidence from cyber security incidents and relevant security documentation, using the evidence to make recommendations for improvement.
- IT Service delivery
- You will explore a range of organisations and investigate their IT service needs, examining the computer systems that have been set up, used and integrated to deliver IT services to users and customers. You will examine issues related to the use of IT and the implications for organisations and their customers. You will analyse the IT services and requirements of organisations to plan the implementation of the IT service delivery solution.
You will also study 6 of 14 optional units, including:
- Data modelling
- Website development
- Mobile apps development
- Computer games development
- Software testing
- Digital 2D and 3D graphics
- Digital animation and effects
You will learn using different techniques, including:
- self-directed study,
- practical work,
- online activities.
You will be involved in work-related simulations to help you gain experience through realistic working environments.
A number of learners will have the opportunity to work on projects provided by employers.
You will be able to access resources relating to your course using the college Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).
A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades:
- English at 4 or above and Maths at 3 or above, and
- 3 other GCSEs at 4 or above
The course will involve continuous assessment using methods such as:
- Student videos
- Use of screen recording software
- Recorded discussion
- Website, published using ftp to a secure server
- Documents showing original designs, site map etc.
- PowerPoint or Prezi presentation
- Poster and logos
- A blog
- Completed spreadsheet with macros, VB etc.
- Multi-page pamphlet using Publisher
- Staff observations
Fees & Funding
Full time students, under the age of 19 will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees. For fee information students aged 19+ should contact the information centre on 01484 437070.
You may need to pay some essential costs for this course, including for a memory stick and some travel costs for visits. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.
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