Information Technology

This is course information for 2019 entry (which we are no longer enrolling for). An update for 2020 entry will follow soon.


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.

Course Outline

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:

Year 12
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.

Year 13
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.


100% Coursework
No Examinations
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.

Prohibited Options


Career and Progression Opportunities

BTEC National Extended Certificate is recognised by both universities and employers as equivalent to one A level.

Other Information

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.

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