KS5 BTEC ICT

Vocational BTEC National Extended Certificate in IT
Year 13

Grading:  Distinction* - Pass

What entry requirements do I need to study the course?

GCSE ICT Grade C or GCSE Computer Science Grade 5.

What does the course involve?

The course is made up of 4 Units:

How is it Assessed?

Year 12

Unit 1: 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. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.

Unit 3: 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.

Year 13

Unit 2: 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 developmen process and the effectiveness of your database solution. In this unit you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete assessment tasks.

Unit 5: In this unit, you will investigate the fundamentals of the decision‐making process. You will find out how using data modelling provides the computational ability to compare consequences, and determine a preferred course of action. You will develop the skills and techniques necessary to create complex spreadsheets in order to produce accurate information that informs decision making. You will examine a scenario and then design, develop and test a spreadsheet; you will review your spreadsheet and make refinements based on user feedback, providing an evaluation of the effectiveness of the alternatives produced.

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Course Title:  BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT

Grading:  Distinction* - Pass

Course Overview: (What will students learn?)

Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills (Year 12)

The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the personal attributes valued by employers
  • Understand the principles of effective communication
  • Be able to use IT to communicate effectively
  • Be able to address personal development needs.

Unit 2: Computer Systems (Year 12)

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems.

Learning outcomes
  • On completion of this unit a learner should:
  • Understand the components of computer systems
  • Be able to recommend computer systems for a business purpose
  • Be able to set up and maintain computer systems.

Unit 30: Digital Graphics (Year 12)

This unit aims to enable learners to understand different types of digital graphics images and file formats and to be able to create, edit, modify and manipulate digital images of various types and complexity.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Know the hardware and software required to work with graphic images
  • Understand types of graphic images and graphical file formats
  • Be able to use editing tools to edit and manipulate images
  • Be able to create and modify graphic images to meet user requirements.

Unit 18: Databases (Year 13)

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the features of relational databases and to develop the skills necessary to design, create, populate and test a relational database incorporating advanced features.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the features of relational databases
  • Be able to design, create and populate a relational database
  • Be able to test a relational database.

Unit 22: Developing Computer Games (Year 13)

The aim of this unit is to ensure learners know about different types of computer game, understand the impact gaming has on society and are able to design, develop, test and document computer games.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the impact of the gaming revolution on society
  • Know the different types of computer game
  • Be able to design and develop computer games
  • Be able to test and document computer games.

Unit 28: Website Development (Year 13)

The aim of this unit is to enable a learner to understand web architecture and the factors that affect its performance and to be able to design and create interactive websites.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand web architecture and components
  • Understand the factors that influence website performance
  • Be able to design websites
  • Be able to create websites.

External Assessment:

All units are marked and graded internally and then externally verified by Pearson.  All unis carry equal weighting.

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