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Information Technology

Information Technology - BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Special Entry Requirements:

You will need to meet the level 3 BTEC entry requirements.

Course Introduction:

During the two years of study, you will use a variety of application packages, including databases, spreadsheets, word processors, presentation software and web page creators. By investigating a variety of applications you will become familiar with software and hardware and appreciate the impact that computers have on our lives.

Course Modules:

Module 1 – Unit 2: The components of a computer system

  • The components inside a computer and the connected peripherals
  • The operating system and the software that protects your computer
  • Setting up and ensuring that you get the best from your system

Module 2 – Unit 1: Developing communication and presentation skills for employability

  • Organisational skills and to be able to work as a team
  • Presenting information clearly whether in a formal letter or in an email
  • Explaining technical jargon. Using social media for education and in the workplace.
  • Creating posters, presentations, web pages and blogs

Module 3 – Unit 30: Digital graphics

  • Designing graphics for a range of output methods
  • Exploring the formats used to represent images
  • Creating, editing and manipulating images to produce real live client briefs

Module 4 – Unit 14: Event Driven Programming

  • Understand the key features of event driven programming
  • Demonstrate the use of event driven tools and techniques
  • Design and build an application
  • Test your application and evaluate its performance
  • Create on-screen help and technical documentation

Module 5 – Unit 18: Datebase Design

  • Understanding relational databases
  • Designing, creating and populating a relational database
  • Testing a relational database

Module 6 – Unit 42: Spreadsheet modelling

  • Understand how spreadsheets can be used to solve complex problems
  • Be able to develop complex spreadsheet models
  • Be able to automate, customise, test and document spreadsheet models


Assessment will combine written assignments and practical projects that will be based on realistic workplace situations. It could include doing a presentation, producing a video or creating solutions to problems using software packages.

Career Opportunities:

There is an increasing need for technological and information literacy skills. The impact of IT on society is enormous and as more and more businesses and households connect around the world using Web 2.0 technologies and apps, there is a growing need for individuals who can master and manipulate these new technologies. A qualification in IT combines well with many subjects, including those that would benefit from an ability to obtain, manipulate, present and communicate information. It also goes well with subjects that contain analytical, scientific and technological aspects such as Maths or Computing.
Along with other qualifications a student could go on to take a degree in IT or a related discipline. Students considering IT are advised that this course takes a more rounded approach to many aspects of IT compared to Computing which focuses on architecture and algorithms.