Course delivery and assessment is carried out through practical activities, problem-solving, design and development based on realistic workplace scenarios to conduct research and complete assignment and project work.
At Level 3, units are selected to further develop a range of IT skills and experiences. These could include digital graphics, website & database design, software development, technical support, hardware and software maintenance and system security.
Students are assessed via observations, completion of practical / written assignments and online tests, which will be either internally or externally set. Presentations may also be used for assessing communication skills. In addition, students will be required to take Functional Skills (English, IT and Maths) as required.
It is expected that students progressing to Level 3 will have achieved the whole Level 2 programme with a Merit profile or above and relevant GCSE or Functional Skills grades.
The scheme of work and assignment for each unit is designed by individual specialist teaching staff and is based on Edexcel’s unit specifications. The student is given the opportunity to produce work that meets Pass, Merit, Distinction criteria. Students are given feedback on their performance throughout the course so that they can achieve the necessary standards. All work will be assessed either internally or externally.
After 1 year at Level 3 you can achieve a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT
Some students may complete six units and seek employment or apprenticeships but others will complete three further units to enable them to apply for the Extended Diploma in IT course (below).
After 2 years at Level 3 you can achieve a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT
This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This means you can apply for university level courses. Career options include: web design and development, IT technicians, help desk support, database development or support systems testers.
See UCAS tariff point values for these qualifications