The BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma allows students to take a truly practical ICT course. The Subsidiary Diploma is designed to continue the approach to learning that students have had at school, if they have studied ICT on a vocational programme. Students will experience a very ‘hands on’, practical course, with the ability to be creative using ICT skills, and to apply them in a range of contexts.
The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is a 2-year vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level courses. Students will learn about the use and management of IT facilities in a variety of different work-related contexts.
Provisional Course Outline:
Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT
Developing communication skills using IT facilities.
Unit 2: Computer Systems
Understanding about hardware and software and carrying out routine maintenance.
Unit 30: Digital Graphic
Enables learners to understand types of digital graphics images and file formats and to be able to edit, modify and manipulate digital images of various types.
Unit 28: Website Production
The principles behind how to design an effective website for a business need.
Unit 14: Event Driven Programming
To enable learners to develop the skills and understanding required to design and develop event driven applications.
Unit 16: Procedural Programming
To enable learners to develop the skills and understanding required to design and develop procedural programming applications.
Examining Board – Edexcel.
Special Entry Requirements
If you have taken an IT course at GCSE you must have achieved at least grade 4 (C), or at least merit in OCR Nationals. These requirements are in addition to our standard A level equivalent entry requirements.
Career and Progression Opportunities
BTEC National Extended Certificate is recognised by both universities and employers as equivalent to one A level.
There will be an opportunity to go on fieldtrips. One recent fieldtrip saw students go to an IT seminar at Alton Towers. The approximate cost was £30 per student.
This information is correct for September 2019 entry.