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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

You are required to complete units from the list below:

  • The online world
  • Technology systems
  • A digital portfolio
  • Creating digital graphics
  • Mobile apps development
  • Spreadsheet development
  • Database development
  • Software development
  • Website development
  • Installing and maintaining computer hardware
  • Installing and maintaining computer software
  • Multimedia products development

You will also take Functional Maths and English and/or GCSE.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You should provide a USB memory stick.

What can I do after this course?

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.

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Patrick’s success paves way for more IT apprentices at IDT

First line support engineer Patrick O’Connor made such a good impression on his Derby College apprenticeship that his employer, IDT, is now looking to recruit more IT apprentices.            
 
Patrick, aged 22 from Belper, was the Ilkeston-based IT specialist’s first apprentice. He recently completed an IT Infrastructure Technician Level 3 Course run in partnership with Derby College Group and is now set for rapid progression with the family-run firm.            
 
Patrick, who has always enjoyed IT and built his own computer at age 14, said: “College was really good. We had great teachers and I loved the facilities and learning resources, especially the Microsoft room. It’s cool. I attended college on day release, with Lawrie Moon, head of the technical support team at IDT, overseeing what I did at work.          
 
Lawrie gave me tasks that let me put what I’d learned at Derby College to practical use, day to day. I’m now a first line support engineer with IDT and enjoy my role.            
 
People can be quite stressed when they have computer problems and one of the best parts of my job is knowing that I’ve helped resolve their issue.”            
 
IDT managing director Luke Draper took on Patrick in November 2019 and knew straight away he’d recruited the right person.            
 
He added: “When we interviewed Patrick, we found he had all the qualities we were looking for and knew he would fit right in. He’s a nice lad and ticked all the boxes.            
 
“At IDT, we think of ourselves as technical customer service providers so it’s important staff have the right people skills. Our engineers aren’t just a voice on the phone – they take time to get to know the customers.”      
 
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“College was really good. We had great teachers and I loved the facilities and learning resources, especially the Microsoft room. It’s cool. I attended college on day release, with Lawrie Moon, head of the technical support team at IDT, overseeing what I did at work. Lawrie gave me tasks that let me put what I’d learned at Derby College to practical use, day to day.


I’m now a first line support engineer with IDT and enjoy my role.


People can be quite stressed when they have computer problems and one of the best parts of my job is knowing that I’ve helped resolve their issue.”

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