Course Details

The BTEC course has been specifically designed for students who have a technical interest in computers and/or wish to work in the IT industry. Students will perform research and learn about how IT fits in with industry. All units are portfolio based and there are no theory exams. Students can work at their own pace to complete set assignments. However, there are set deadlines for each assignment.

This course aims to give students a good background to the inner workings of a computer. Students will learn about key components of a computer and will learn to install the components for themselves. They will set up a computer, install applications, configure the computer and change settings as well as performing other maintenance tasks. E.g. disk defragmentation.

Students will learn the main features as well as more advanced features of software applications and apply them to a set problem to create a fully working IT system for a real world scenario.

The way in which this course is delivered will allow students to relate to the work and will enable them to explore real world scenarios. Students will also learn about the professional skills required to work in the IT industry as well as the different communication techniques used by IT professionals include technical documentation as well as user guides.

What qualifications do I need to study on the course?

It is not essential that students have studied ICT at Key Stage 4, although it will be a great advantage. The course develops skills in problem solving and therefore a good Maths and English grade are desirable.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • Detailed technical knowledge of hardware and software.
  • Setting up and maintaining computers.
  • Learn how to use software applications to create IT systems to meet clients needs.

Course Contents

1st Year Units

  • Communication and Employability Skills for IT
  • Computer Systems.
  • Spreadsheet Modelling

2nd Year Units:

  • Computer Networks
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Website Production


Assessment of all units is done by producing a portfolio of evidence. Each portfolio is based on centre set assignments and other classwork. Portfolios are externally moderated by the exam board. This course is equivalent to 1 A Level.