What is it?
BTEC IT includes exams, synoptic assessments, practical tasks and theory. Incorporating a wide range of topics including website development, information technology, database design and the use of Social Media in Business, Programming, Project Management and Cybersecurity are just a few of the areas you will study.
The course opens the door to careers in both IT and business.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
We use ‘live’ scenarios, raising funds for charities, incorporating work experience, you will develop practical skills that will also support your other subjects at college. Ideal for entry into the workplace or university.Trips to Business & IT Live at Disney Paris and New York are highlights of the year.
What skills will I develop?
Teamwork: groups are often asked to work on group tasks together promoted collaborative learning.
Work place links in scenarios inside assignment briefs.
Written communication. There are a variety of ways that assignments are handed in, one of the main ones being typed assignments.
Research skills: you will develop research skills as often you will be given group tasks that will involve doing group or independent revision using the internet.
Information technology: you will be taught how to use different pieces of software for different purposes. Your information technology skills will be developed throughout using different hardware and software, especially looking at the Adobe package.
How will I be taught?
Demonstrations: sometimes you will be demonstrated to by the teacher on how to use a particular piece of software
Practical tasks and collaborative learning.
Practise tasks will be given before the formal assessment.
How will I be assessed?
Over the two years students will be assessed both externally and internally for the following units:
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (Written External Examination)
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information (Database Controlled External Assessment)
Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business (Internally Assessed)
Unit 4 Programming. (Internally Assessed)
Unit 5: Data Modelling (Internally Assessed)
Unit 6: Website Development (Internally Assessed)
Unit 9: IT Project Management (Internally Assessed)
Unit 11: Cyber Security and Incident Management (Controlled assessment)
Fiona – professionally designed websites and specialises in computer systems.
Chelsie – creative media specialising in the design side of ICT.
Clair – Spreadsheets, databases and networks.
Carly – Programming and computing.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
For students interested in programming, Computing Club 6Advance is available.
BTE students will also take part in the Employability award this incorporates work experience and volunteering in the local community.
Where does it lead?
Our students progress into a wide variety of further study or employment options. We have had students going into apprenticeships such as marketing and social media for the Winter Gardens Blackpool, Civil Service and BAE. One student has gone on to study ICT at an American University. We also have students going to university to study courses such as systems and networking, website design and game development.
Equipment is provided by college within lessons. A home computer, laptop or tablet would be desirable in order to complete assignments from home. It isn’t essential because the FYi is available out of college ours in order to complete assignments.
What will I study?
- Unit 1 Communication and Employability Skills for ICT
- Unit 2 Computer Systems
- Unit 28 Website Production
- Unit 30 Digital Graphics
- Unit 31 Computer Animation
- Unit 43 Multimedia Design
- Unit 3 Information Systems
- Unit 8 e-Commerce
- Unit 10 Communication Technologies
- Unit 18 Database Design
- Unit 22 Developing Computer Games
- Standard for BTEC programme.