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.
Apprentice Sam Mount is helping Derby’s Cathedral Quarter Hotel to improve its social media presence. He is one of three apprentices recruited by the hotel across its operations in a new partnership with Derby College. One of the city’s top boutique establishments, the hotel is a business focused on customer experience, and values its social media credibility highly.
Sam’s work plays an important role in communicating and engaging with customers as well as building the hotel brand through creative platforms. He attends Derby College on day release every two months as he works towards an NVQ award.
While the social side of university life appealed to me, I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to study for three years, especially when there was no guarantee of a job at the end of it. I’d always been interested in both the software and hardware aspects of computer technology, so when I saw the social media opportunity on the national apprenticeship website, I decided to give it a go.