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 demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of both the IT sector and industry techniques.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Computer Games Designer
  • Database Administrator
  • Helpdesk Professional
  • IT Security Manager
  • IT Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Software Developer
  • Graphics and Web Designer
  • Animator

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grade 9-2 (A*-E) including maths and English 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:

  •  Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic Optional Units
  • Developing Digital Information Using IT
  • Solving Technical IT Problems
  • Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve a Problem
  • Creating a Website • Developing a Digital Product
  • Using Digital Communication Technologies

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

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills.

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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