The BTEC ICT course offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate IT vocational sector. The qualification is practical in nature, there are no exams and students are required to build a portfolio of evidence to achieve the qualification.

The BTEC Level 3 ICT Certificate is equivalent to one GCE AS Level and will be studied in one timetable block. You will study 3 units.

The BTEC Level 3 ICT Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one GCE A Level and will be studied in two timetabled blocks over one year or one timetabled block over two years. You study 6 units.

The BTEC is graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction * – equivalent to grades E, C, A and A*.

BTEC awards are recognised by most universities as part of your UCAS application and widely respected qualifications for Apprenticeships and Industry.

  • Course Outline
    • Certificate

      Unit 1 – Communication and Employability Skills for IT (Mandatory Unit)
      Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful in the ICT industry and business in general.

      Unit 2 – Computer Systems (Mandatory Unit)
      Be able to configure and maintain ICT systems from scratch. This includes setting up hardware and software and be able to carry out routine maintenance, checks and repairs.

      Unit 30 – Digital Graphics
      Understand the hardware and software required to work with graphic images. Be able to recognise the different types of graphic images and graphical file formats. Use editing tools to edit and manipulate images and to create and modify graphic images to meet user requirements.

      Subsidiary Diploma (all above plus)

      Unit 18 Database Design
      Understand the features of relational databases. Be able to design, create and populate a relational database. Be able to test a relational database.

      Unit 31 Computer Animation
      Understand the types and uses of animation. Know the software techniques used in animation and be able to design and implement digital animations.

      Unit 7 Organisational systems security
      Understand the impact of potential threats to IT systems. Know how organisations can keep systems and data secure. Understand the organisational issues affecting the security of IT systems.

  • Career Opportunities and further study
    • Completing your BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT alongside your other chosen level 3 courses can open up opportunities to study an IT related degree at various universities. The degrees on offer range from creative IT such as the BSc (Hons) Computer Games Techonology degree to more technical related degrees such as BSc (Hons) Computer and Network Security. It can also contribute towards the points/grades required to attend university to study unrelated IT degree of your choice.

      Apprenticeship providers recognise the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT and are able to offer placements in the IT profession both for Technical and Design based IT related professions.

  • Trips and Events
      • Annual San Francisco Trip
      • Stockport Job and Industry Fair
      • UKFast
  • Useful Links

Entry Requirements 2019

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2019 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

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