Equivalent to 1 A level
• 6 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including either English or Maths
Please Note: You do not need to have studied ICT or Computing at high school.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT is suitable for students who are interested in computers, but who do not want to learn to code. The course covers a range of subjects and is entirely assessed by coursework assignments. Some assignments require extended writing about theoretical topics while others involve learning practical skills such spreadsheets and databases.
This course has six units of equal weighting:
1.Spreadsheets: learning how to create and use spreadsheets
2.E-commerce: discovering how the internet has transformed retail
3.Databases: designing and creating relational databases
4.Computer systems: understanding the basic structure of a computer and how they work
5.Installing and upgrading software: learning about types of software and the practical skills to install them
6.Communication and employability skills: learning transferable skills for the workplace
You will develop a wide range of skills. You learn how to use popular software such as MS Excel and MS Access confidently to solve problems, the basics of building a computer and installing software, and you will carry out research and write extended reports on a range of topics.
On successful completion of the BTEC Subsidiary National Diploma, you can progress to employment or apprenticeship, or you can progress to higher education and continue with degree studies in the same, or related vocational area.
Some students go on to study information systems at university. However many IT students choose the course to complement their other subjects. IT is useful for teaching, for scientists, for law, for humanities, business and accounting
Computer Science focuses on how computers work, it is more technical and mathematical. The practical work involves learning the theory of programming and how to write code. IT focuses on how computers are used and their impact on the world. The practical work is based on using existing software such as database management systems or graphics packages.
At Loreto, Computing and IT are taught by one department and the staff work closely together. We are always very happy to discuss your choice of subject with you one-to-one and will help you decide which course is for you! Contact us via the website
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