IT and Computing

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma & Extended Diploma

There is always a demand for IT professionals with high-level skills and this demand is predicted to grow in the future. At Wyke we deliver courses designed to provide students with the skills required to take advantage of the many HE study and career opportunities available in IT.

The following courses are available at Wyke; BTEC Extended Certificate in IT (1x A Level equivalent) and BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (3x A Level equivalent.)

The Extended Certificate in Information Technology is for students who are interested in learning about Information Technology and how it is applied in business. Students will complete the half A-Level equivalent Certificate in Information Technology in their 1st year and progress to the full A-Level equivalent Extended Certificate in Information Technology in their 2nd year.

The Extended Diploma in IT is a 2-year course combining technical academic content with advanced work-related computing skills. One of the main focuses of this course is software development including computer programming and web, mobile app and games development. The course is equivalent to three A Levels and our past courses have for many years been a progression route to university, with many of our past students achieving high grade (2.1/1st) degrees in Computer Science, and success in the IT industry.

A combination of external and internal assessed coursework and an external exam.

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EXAM BOARD

Edexcel

THE COMPUTING DEPARTMENT AT WYKE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

The department uses a number of hi-tech IT suites equipped with the latest hardware and software, a practical lab for the assembly and configuration of computers and networks, and also makes use of interactive on-line resources to facilitate independent learning. Practical skills are an essential part of the course and our well-equipped IT suites supported by experienced teachers and skilled technicians ensure opportunities are available to enhance learning and develop skills and confidence in this subject.

COURSE DETAILS

EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN IT

Units include*:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Website Development

EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN IT

Units include*:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Programming
  • Website Development
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Computer Games Development
  • IT Project Management
  • Cyber Security and Incident Management
  • IT Service Delivery
  • Cloud Storage and Collaboration Tools
  • Digital Animation and Effects
  • The Internet of Things

* Please note due to the rapidly changing IT industry our courses and units are subject to change.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

Assessment is a mixture of externally assessed exams and supervised practical tasks, and internally assessed assignments. In addition to high-level practical IT skills, students will also develop independent research skills, time management and personal organisation – skills valued by universities and business. All lessons are based in our up-to-date IT suites in which students have the opportunity to develop high-level skills using the latest industry standard software. The department organises visits and activities to enhance learning and also has links with local businesses and HE providers.

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