It is essential that pupils leave school with the necessary skills so that they can make use of IT in the most effective ways. Increasingly employers are recruiting people who are highly skilled in IT. According to a report by Microsoft, 90 per cent of jobs require some form of IT skills. This course will equip students with the skills and knowledge that will help them to use IT within a business. It will stand pupils in good stead when they go onto higher education, into an apprenticeship, or on to other vocational training.
Throughout Years 12 and 13 pupils will be studying for the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in information technology. This is a vocational course and is broken down into 4 units: two of which are completed in Year 12 and two in Year 13:
- Information technology systems (Exam)
- Creating database systems to manage information (Exam)
- Using social media in business (Controlled Assessment)
- Spreadsheet data modelling (Controlled Assessment)
The course is assessed by a mixture of controlled assessment (42%) and examination (58%), and is the equivalent of one A Level.