This qualification enables you to gain a broad knowledge of IT subjects, to explore the opportunities offered in the IT sector and to acquire appropriate vocational skills. You will study how IT is used to communicate within businesses, the career opportunities available in the IT industry, how businesses use spreadsheets and databases, and how to present information effectively.
You will also develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
You need four GCSEs at grade D or above (grade 3 or above), to include English and/or Maths. You will be expected to re-sit GCSE Maths and/or English if you achieved a grade D (grade 3). Alternatively, you should have a Merit grade qualification at Level 1, along with Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy.
You are required to complete units from the list below:
You will also take Functional Maths and English and/or GCSE.
The BTEC involves a combination of coursework and exams - with assessment methods including presentations, posters, observations and various research projects.
Your Functional Skills Maths and English qualification is assessed by a portfolio and online assessment and/or GCSE exams.
You should provide a USB memory stick.
You can progress to the National Foundation Diploma programme or commence employment at a junior level. Progressing to an apprenticeship is also an option. If choosing to study further at Derby College, you will continue to develop your skills in maths and English.
Working for prestigious knitwear brand John Smedley has brought marketing apprentice Sam Lavelle lots of exciting opportunities – not least meeting the Prime Minister at London Fashion Week. Sam, who is taking digital marketing qualifications via Derby College as part of his apprenticeship, was among a number of UK fashion apprentices who spoke with Theresa May during the event.
The Prime Minister was there to champion the UK's fashion industry – and highlight the vital contribution apprenticeships make in ensuring the sector remains a global leader.Sam, who has been with John Smedley since April, is delighted to have the chance to work alongside highly experienced and knowledgeable people on a daily basis. He is also enjoying working towards an OCR in IT through Derby College which will further his digital marketing skills. Sam said:
It's great. My tutors are supportive and I'm assessed in the workplace so I don't have to go into college. A lot of my learning is done online, which is also very convenient, and my assessors are flexible with meetings.
"Digital marketing is a big part of my role at John Smedley and I'm heavily involved in producing social media and other written website content for the company's central hub.