Huish Sixth

ICT BTEC Level 3

Technology should work for us because we design it. It’s not the other way around


ICT BTEC Level 3

The BTEC Level 3 qualification is a modern and stimulating course which is designed
for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems
to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to
progressing to a wide range of higher education courses. The course has been designed
in collaboration with employers and representatives from higher education and relevant
professional bodies, ensuring that content is up to date and that it includes the knowledge,
understanding, skills and attributes required in the sector.

Course Content and Assessment

You will complete four units over the two years:
Year 12
Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information
In order to produce information to support many
business processes as well as our social lives,
relational databases are widely used to manage and
process data.

You will examine the structure of data and its origins,
and how an efficient data design follows through to
an effective and useful database. You will examine
a given scenario and develop an effective design
solution to produce a database system. You will then
test your solution to ensure that it works correctly.

Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business
You will explore different social media websites, the
ways in which they can be used and the potential
pitfalls when using them for business purposes. You
will develop a plan to use social media strategies
for business purposes to achieve specific aims
and objectives. You will then implement the plan,
developing and posting content and interacting with
others. Finally, you will collect data on the business
use of social media and review the effectiveness of
your efforts.

Year 13
Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems
You will explore the relationships between the
hardware and software that form an IT system, and
the way that systems work individually and together,
as well as the relationship between the user and
the system. You will examine issues related to the
use of IT systems and the impact that they have on
organisations and individuals. In this unit you will
draw on your learning from across your programme
to complete assessment tasks.

Unit 6 – Website Development
In this unit, you will review existing websites
– commenting on their overall design and
effectiveness. You will use scripting languages such as
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style
Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript and a simple text editor,
or rapid application development tools. Finally, you
will reflect on the website design and functionality
using a testing and review process. Many software
developers, database experts and systems managers
need web-client development skills as an integral part
of their overall portfolio of expertise. This unit will
prepare you for employment as a website developer
or as a website development apprenticeship. The
unit will benefit you if you want to go on to higher
education to develop your studies.

Extending Your Experience
We plan to arrange visits to external organisations in
support of this course.

Entry Requirements:
Ideally, students should have achieved at least a B grade at
GCSE (or Merit in OCR Nationals or DIDA), but we will consider
other students on an individual basis.

Where will this Course take me?
IT skills are essential for almost any job role you undertake.
This course builds on what you learnt at GCSE but also provides
you with new skills and technical knowledge that will enable
you to confidently pursue an IT or Computing-related degree,
or higher education course.
The programming elements of the course are stimulating and
rewarding, and will develop your analytical and problem-solving
skills, both of which are highly desirable qualities to employers.

Mr B Coldicott

Mr Coldicott has worked as Head of ICT/Computing since 2009. He has a passion for technology and how it can improve people's lives, and has been using computers from a very young age. He grew up using a wide range of different computers, including a Dragon 64, a BBC B, a Commodore Amiga 500 and finally a Windows PC - a far cry from his Sinclair ZX81 which had a whopping 1 kilobyte of RAM! He now owns a laptop, a PlayStation 3 and two Raspberry Pis. He read Applied Psychology and Computing at Bournemouth University and completed his PGCE at Nottingham Trent University in 2003. He believes that 'everyone should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you to how to think' – to quote Steve Jobs – and very much enjoys teaching it at Huish! In his spare time, he enjoys running, swimming, most outdoor activities, learning languages and travelling – especially in Spain, where he has travelled over 2,500km on foot over the last few years!

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