Course Title BTEC Level 1 Introductory Qualification in IT
Level: 1
Code Y105

Overview of the Course

IT is at the heart of everyday life, at home, work and in our leisure time. From computer graphics and control systems to communications and problem-solving, IT has an ever increasing role to play. These new qualifications have been designed to develop skills that will help prepare you for further study or employment. The course is about showcasing what you can do and demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of both the IT sector and industry techniques.

What are the career opportunities?

There are many job opportunities within the growing IT sector. Career progression may include professional network specialists, animators, games developers, graphic and web designers.

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grades A*- E (9-2), including maths and English 9 - 2 (A*- E) and IT (if studied).

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a combination of core and optional units. All units are internally assessed. Core units include: Being Organised, Developing a Personal Progression Plan, Working with Others and Researching a Topic. Optional units include: Developing Digital Information Using IT, Solving Technical IT Problems, Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve a Problem, Creating a Website, Developing a Digital Product and Using Digital Communication Technologies. Each unit will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in the IT industry, you need to be organised, methodical and be able to manage a number of deadlines. You will also work within teams and be able to develop relationships with people from a variety of different industries. English and communication skills are particularly important, as you need to be able to listen carefully and identify the needs of the client. You will have to describe problems and solutions in detail and be able to clearly present your findings verbally or by writing a report. Interpreting responses are critical feedback so that projects can be improved. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature when working within the IT industry. This can be diagnosing technical issues or creating a spreadsheet that will provide an invoice. A logical and systematic approach is required in all career paths as well as ensuring accuracy throughout.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of all our courses. This will provide opportunities to develop industry related skills and explore possible career options within the IT sector. This will be undertaken before February half term, and you will be supported from the beginning of your course to create CV’s and applications that will help to confirm your career goals and secure a work experience placement.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your IT Study Programme will support your personal development to ensure that you make progress and acquire the necessary skills for successful progression. You will have opportunities to take part in team fund raising activities, sport enrichment, visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You must have a passion for IT and the enthusiasm to learn new skills.

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