What is the course about?
This course is about making information technology and creative technology-based products. You will learn to use a computer to create graphics, spreadsheets, web pages and mobile applications. Your knowledge of computer technology and the online world will be assessed by online examinations. You will also build up a web-based portfolio demonstrating your creative skills in computing. At Leyton Sixth Form College we have kept abreast with new technologies and offer many practical activities including the development of mobile applications and robotics. You will be taught by staff who are experts in their fields; who have invaluable industrial experience.

Exam board: Pearson.

Duration of course: 1 year.

What units/topics will be studied?
The course is made up of eight units. The three core units provide a general foundation, and the specialist units introduce learners to particular topics in more depth.
All students will take three core units:

  • The Online World (externally assessed)
  • Technology Systems (externally assessed)
  • A Digital Portfolio (internally assessed)

And specialist units from a selection e.g. Mobile Apps Development, Creating Digital Animation, Graphics and Video. The units are coursework-based. In addition 25% of the qualification is externally assessed. There will be an online test which is set and marked by Edexcel (Pearson).

What do I need to study this subject?
A BTEC Introductory Diploma plus at least GCSE English at grade D or above/Level Functional Skill equivalent and a Maths qualification at level 1 or above. Four GCSEs at grade D and above, including Maths and English as above.

What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject? 
Read GCSE Computer Science provides an insight at this level. Watch BBC technology programs. Read Computing magazines.

Where can this lead me?
This course introduces features that are fully aligned with requirements for progression to further study at Level 3, an apprenticeship or consider employment in areas involving the use of IT.
 
What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?
Subject related enrichment e.g. Sky Study Skills, SilverStone Circuit (including Animation workshop) with Alton Towers, Microsoft – Think Computer Science and The Gadget Show Live.
Opportunity to join the games development enrichment workshop.

Entry Requirements A BTEC Introductory Diploma plus at least GCSE English at grade D or above/Level Functional Skill equivalent and a Maths qualification at level 1 or above. Four GCSEs at grade D and above, including Maths and English as above.

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