This is an advanced-level computing course involving theoretical and practical study of both computing and IT related topics. It includes a wide range of units designed to provide an excellent platform for students wishing to progress towards a higher education course or start a career in the IT industry.
The course has been developed to focus on education and training for current and potential IT employment opportunities. Students will build their knowledge of computing fundamentals whilst developing skills in a variety of technical areas such as systems support, analysis and design, software development and testing, and network administration, amongst others.
The units offered on this course cover a diverse range of topics including but not restricted to:
- Computer Systems and Information Systems
- Developing Computer Games
- Software Design and Development
- IT Troubleshooting and Repair
- Programming Languages
- Website Design and Database Design
Students also complete a skills project to help build confidence and employability skills. It covers subjects such as equality and safeguarding, which are designed to broaden knowledge of these subjects and help with employment potential.
This programme runs over two years with learners working on a range of units in each year. These are assessed through controlled assessments, exams and assignments. Students have to pass all units in order to achieve the qualification. The Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A Levels.
Five GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade (including GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English).
Students who have not yet achieved grade 4/C in GCSE Maths and English, will study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.
Mature students and those with previous experience will be considered on an individual basis. Students who do not meet the entry requirements are encouraged to apply for Information and Creative Technology Level 2 Certificate.
Students need to have a keen interest in computing, end user applications, IT solutions and programming.
BTEC National Extended Diploma in Information Technology
Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments are set on Moodle, Newbury College's online learning environment and will have an agreed submission date. In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.
Homework will be set in class and/or via Moodle, Newbury College's online learning platform. Students are expected to allocate approximately six hours a week on research and homework outside of normal class time in order to build up knowledge, confidence and successfully complete the programme. This may be completed at home or in the Learning Resource Centre.
During the course students will be expected to complete some work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.
Students can consider higher education at HNC/D, or degree level programmes. Alternatively students could consider employment in a wide variety of programming, IT solutions, end user or web development opportunities at introductory level or through an apprenticeship.
Fees and Additional Costs
At times students will be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows and these may require additional entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest editions will be recommended.