What is it?
BTEC IT includes practical tasks and theory, incorporating a wide range of topics including computer games development, spreadsheets and database design. The course opens the door to careers in IT and business.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
We use ‘live’ scenarios, raising funds for charities and incorporating work experience. Ideal for entry into the workplace or university. Trips to Business & IT Live at Disneyland 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.
- Personal motivation, organisation and time management. With doing a double BTEC you will often get work from both tutors, with different deadlines. It will be up to you in order to manage your time in order to deadlines set by both tutors.
- 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.
- Hardware installation. You will learn how to diagnose faults and replace hardware components.
- Professional software use. You will independently develop your use of industry standard software.
How will I be taught?
Demonstrations: sometimes you will be demonstrated to by the teacher on how to use a particular piece of software. For externally assessed units you will have mock exams and frequent revision tasks throughout the year. There will be practice tasks incorporated throughout the learning process so you are ready for the formal assessment. All course resources are available online and full access to GSuite and Google Classroom is embedded in the delivery and assessment of the course.
How will I be assessed?
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.
Andrew – Computer Programming
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
For students interested in programming, Computing Club 6Advance is available. BTEC students will also take part in the Employability awardm this incorporates work experience and volunteering in the local community.
Where does it lead?
We have had students going into a wide range of areas including apprenticeships such as marketing and social media for Winter Gardens Blackpool, Civil Service. 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.
A Windows laptop with a minimum of 4GB or RAM (not a Macbook)
- Standard for the BTEC programme
What will I study?
Unit 1 – Information technology systems (external written exam)
Unit 2- Creating systems to manage information (external controlled exam)
Unit 3 – Using social media in business (internally marked)
Unit 5 – Data modelling (internally marked)
Unit 12 – IT Technical Support and management (internally marked)
Unit 17 – Digital 2D and 3D Graphics (internally marked)
Unit 20 – Enterprise in IT (internally marked) Second Year
Unit 4 – Programming (internally marked)
Unit 8 – Computer Games Development (internally marked)
Unit 9 – IT Project Management (internally marked)
Unit 11 – Cyber Security and incident Mgt (external controlled exam)
Unit 14 – IT service Delivery (internal) (external controlled exam)
Unit 18 – Digital Animation and Effects (internally marked)