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Information Technology BTEC Extended Diploma

Entry Requirements:
At least 5 GCSE's graded C or higher including Mathematics and English at grade C/4 or above.

Why Should You Take This Course?
Computing is a rare field of study where the potential of future employment and the possibility of study to a very high level are equally high. From university studies into STET robotics, medical advancements, gaming development and programming; Computing offers unrivalled possibilities, challenges and learning. The IT BTEC is perfectly positioned to offer you the possibility of accessing any of these possibilities.


Course content
There are 18 fields of study over the 2 years. From programming through to website development, from working with computer components to networking, from DTP to 3D animations; the topics are detailed and varied.
In the first year of study you will explore the basic concepts of computing and their role within the modern world, gain an appreciation of the role IT plays in the business environment whilst also learning how the modern computer system has developed and how it works. Learn how networks work, discover programming and how a modern developer gets a computer to do what they do, explore website developments and build a functioning website using the latest in this field.
In the second year you will cover security issues and how to protect against them, interactive web developments, 3D animations, database developments, event driven programming and much more. You will also undertake work experience within a related field, visit a local university, Bletchley Museum for Computing and the Science Museum.

How will I be assessed?
All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by Edexcel BTEC. There are no timetabled exams for this qualification; though there may be internally set controlled assessments. Candidates must complete units to deadlines set by the subject tutor.

Are there any special expenses?
A printing allowance will be given to each student to cover some of the cost of printing. There will be a need to add more to this allowance, however, many submissions are through our Virtual Learning Environment.
Students are advised to purchase a copy of the recommended textbooks that will form the basis of the theory elements within the course.
There are a range of trips organised for the Computing/IT students that we actively encourage students to take part in.

What could I do next?
Computing is one of the few areas of growth in modern times, with the number of vacancies within IT expected to exceed the number of people trained for those vacancies over the next few years.
There are few fields that can offer so much diversity, such a breadth of potential and such exciting prospects as Computing.


How to apply for this course

2017-2018 ENTRY: Apply for this course by completing an online form
2017-2018 ENTRY: Download an Application Form to fill in and post