Course Title BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma in Information Technology
Level: 3
Code Y107

Overview of the Course

The use of technology is forever increasing, and to some degree we all depend on technology to accomplish specific tasks. The course consists of a variety of units that explore emerging themes and will prepare learners for a range of higher education courses and job roles related to a particular sector.

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?

Five or more GCSE’s at grade A*-C including maths and English 9-4 (A*-C) and IT (if studied). An interest in a career within the IT industry and a passion to follow one of the specific pathways.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time two-year course starting September.

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

You will start on a pathway determined by your career aspirations. Pathways include: 1. Networking - For those interested in becoming network specialists. Typical tasks include monitoring systems for potential issues, performing routine maintenance and developing recommendations for improvements to computer systems. You will have the opportunity to study for the Cisco IT Essentials, which is an industry recognised PC Technician Qualification. 2. Programming - For those interested in developing their skills using a variety of languages, to write, test, maintain and develop software. Typical tasks include updating and expanding existing programmes, debugging and fixing errors, and developing code to suit an end user. 3. Animation/Graphics - For those interested in a field where you can use your imagination and develop your creative skills. Typical tasks include devising and planning projects, using computer animation packages to bring your ideas to life and testing for accuracy and detail. 4. Web Design - For those interested in creating and developing websites. Typical tasks include designing web pages, uploading media content and creating a vision for a client.

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 when interpretation 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 programmes that provide a solution. 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 at key points within the academic year, 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 study for industry recognised qualifications, and opportunity to take part in team fund raising activities, sport enrichment, visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Additional costs may incur for external trips and visits.


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