BTEC ICT (Level 3)
This course prepares pupils with a mixture of practical and theoretical ICT skills, providing sound preparation for a range of jobs and university courses. The Certificate (AS equivalent) is awarded at the end of Year 12, and the Extended Certificate (A2 equivalent) is awarded at the end of Year 13.
What Topics Will I Study?
Year 12 (Certificate)
Creating Systems to Manage Information (practical task) - 50% of the Certificate.
This is a 10 hour task, arranged over a 1 week assessment period. The task is externally set and assessed by the exam board. It is completed on a computer and submitted electronically. You will examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system. You will then test and evaluate your solution.
Using Social Media in Business (investigation & written task) - 50% of the Certificate. You will explore different social media websites, and develop a plan to use social media strategies to improve the business.
Year 13 (Extended Certificate)
Both of the Certificate units above (now weighted at 25% each), plus: Information Technology Systems (2 hour exam) - 33% of the total grade.
You will explore the relationships between the hardware & software that form an IT system, the way systems work individually and together. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that these have on organisations and individuals.
Website Development (practical task) - 17% of the total grade In this unit.
You will review existing websites, use scripting languages or rapid application development tools to design and develop a website to meet a client brief. Finally, you will reflect on the website design and functionality using a testing and review process.
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What Grades do I Need at GCSE Level?
This BTEC is equivalent in size to one A-Level. If you want to study this qualification along with A-Levels you must meet the criteria for studying A-Levels and achieve at least a Merit or B in ICT.
If you wish to study this BTEC along with 2 more BTECs you must meet the BTEC entry requirements and achieve at least a Merit or B in ICT.
What Other Subjects Should I Study?
ICT is an excellent subject to take alongside any other subjects currently on offer at Idsall.
What About Choices After BTEC?
ICT gives students a wide choice of options into further study, training or relevant employment. Those wishing to take their ICT studies further will be well equipped to move on to degrees and Higher National Diplomas in related subjects such as ICT, Information Systems, Multimedia, e-Business and Information Management.