BTEC IT Level 3 QCF
Year 13 are currently following the QCF BTEC programme also called the Legacy BTEC.
This qualification is 100% coursework and covers units in Communication and employability skills for IT, Computer Systems, Information Systems, Impact of the use of IT on business systems and many more.
Students are required to complete a portfolio of work in a variety of formats demonstrating skills in researching, written and verbal communications much of the work is based on case studies and work is produced to meet a client brief.
In Year 12, students are following the IBCC Information Technology in a Global Society course at Higher level.
This qualification is assessed largely through a series of examinations, taken at the end of Year 13. In addition, students complete a project, worth 20% of the final grade, developing an IT solution to a real-life social or ethical problem.
Students study and evaluate of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. They explore the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitized information at the local and global level. The course helps students to make informed judgments and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts.
Students are currently following the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology.
Students complete three units – one of which requires students to sit an external examination. Two further units require students to design, develop, test and review a relational database and also develop a digital portifolio to showcase the IT skills they have learned during the course.
Years 7, 8 and 9
The curriculum covered in years 7, 8 and 9 has changed in recent years following changes made by the government to encourage computer programming to be introduced to younger students and therefore to be able to fill a skills gap in the computing work place.
In Key Stage 3 the curriculum now covers computer science which includes an introduction to programming using programmes such as Scratch and Kodu. In addition, students learn about computer systems, networks and aspects such as binary.
Students also cover a programme of study on Digital Skills which covers elements of Cyberbullying, Online Safety and a range of uses of IT skills.
Information Technology covers the traditional applications ensuring students have a good working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database and desktop publishing software.