The course would be essential for students interested in computing as a career or who want to continue their study of computing on to higher education. Students will also find the course useful if they are intent on following a career path which involves using ICT, whether this be as part of a job or to run a business.
There are also a number of students who study ICT alongside their other subjects because they have a personal interest in the subject, for example they may wish to learn how to build and maintain their own computer or want to understand more about ICT use other than just Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
The course covers a wide range of ICT aspects. These aspects tend to fall into the key areas shown below:
• The communication skills needed to work with ICT in the workplace
• How to build, repair and upgrade PCs
• How to create computer animations
• How to create basic programmes
• How E-commerce works and can be set up
• How to install software to PCs and whole business networks
The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidary Diploma in IT is made up of six units. Each unit will be assessed through several assignments.
There is no examination for this subject. The assignments across the units require you to undertake a range of different types of activities, including producing booklets, carrying out observed work on a computer (e.g. installing new components), writing reports, creating animations, giving a presentation and designing a website.