Information Technology

Summary

This two year vocational course covers a variety of IT topics ranging from the relationship between hardware and software, to managing and processing data and using IT to communicate and share information. In addition, you will undertake work experience related to this course.

Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Double award

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS:
Software developer, web/content developer, mobile apps designer, games designer, programmer and IT/business analysis support.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS:
Business information and technology, digital technology solutions, computer games technology, creative technology, information technology management for business, computing forensics, computer networks and security.

Topics you'll cover

YEAR ONE:

  • Information technology systems
  • Management information systems
  • Cyber security and incident management
  • IT service delivery
  • Using social media in business
  • Programming and data modelling
  • Website and computer games development.

YEAR TWO:

  • IT project management
  • IT technical support and management
  • Software testing
  • Customising and integrating applications
  • Cloud storage and collaboration tools
  • Digital animation, effects and 2D/3D graphics
  • The internet and enterprise.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Two assessments and two exams
  • Coursework
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma (level three)
  • Equivalent to three A Levels.

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 and above (including English and maths)
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview.

What students say about the course

"This course has really helped me to develop my interest in the IT industry and has encouraged me to consider taking a degree in IT. The most interesting part of the course for me so far is social media and how businesses use it to promote their products online. Earlier on in the year we went on a trip to Thorpe Park, where we learned more about how they used social media to increase visitor numbers. We have also had guest speakers come in and talk about their time studying computing in university, which has helped me think more about my future."

Tamzin Parker, previously at Redbridge Community School

Additional information

During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.

WORK PLACEMENT:

Students will undertake a two week work placement within the IT industry.