KS5 – Type of qualification: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in ICT
The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT is a 60-credit and 360-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of six units. It is largely equivalent to 1 x A’ Level.
The units are as follows:
Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT (60 Lessons)
Communication skills are key to success in any sector but are particularly important in highly technical sectors, such as IT, where the language used can become full of jargon. It is important that learners are able to communicate with non-technical staff and understand when different types and vehicles of communication are appropriate.
The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs.
Unit 2: Computer Systems (60 Lessons)
At some stage, most IT professionals will have to set up and customise a computer system or systems. To do so effectively, they will need to understand the components that make up computer systems. The operating system interacts with the hardware and software components in order to make a functioning machine.
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems
Unit 9: Computer Networks (60 Lessons)
Networks are used in one way or another by virtually every organisation, from simple use of internet services through internal file sharing to wide area networks exchanging data across continents. Therefore, it is essential that learners thinking of careers within the IT industry have a good understanding of the underlying principles of networking and how data travels around networks.
The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand the key components of networked systems, know about network protocols and the services provided by network systems and develop the skills required to ensure network security.
Unit 28: Website Production (60 Lessons)
The number of websites on the worldwide web has increased dramatically and competition is very high. This means that designers must use increasingly sophisticated techniques to capture interest, as well as ensuring that an appropriate company image is presented. Usability issues, such as navigation methods, must be considered carefully. A poorly-designed structure could result in users becoming confused or frustrated and navigating away from the website.
The aim of this unit is to enable a learner to understand web architecture and the factors that affect its performance and to be able to design and create interactive websites. Students use WordPress and Dreamweaver to design their own live website.
Unit 30: Digital Graphics (60 Lessons)
Technology enables the production and reproduction of images to all scales, sizes and colours. High-capacity storage devices, digital cameras, specialist software and printers mean that high quality and appropriate images can be designed and produced more easily than before. There is now little excuse for not creating documents that use graphic images effectively.
This unit aims to enable learners to understand different types of digital graphics images and file formats and to be able to create, edit, modify and manipulate digital images of various types and complexity using Adobe Photoshop.
Unit 31: Computer Animation (60 Lessons)
Computer animation is the art of creating moving images through the use of computers. It brings together computer graphics and animation techniques. Animation does not require computers; however the increasing ability of computers to create and manipulate sets of images has allowed basic animation to reach new levels of sophistication and realism.
The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand types of animation and their uses and develop the knowledge and skills required to use software techniques to design and implement different types of animation.
Who can I ask for more information?
Mr. D. Barnard – ICT Leader