ICT Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

This ICT course is designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in the sector of Computing and ICT. The Vocational A Level will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to use computers effectively - an essential skill in today’s workplace and in Higher Education. Your units will enable you to develop practical skills as well as developing your creativity and technical know-how to expert level.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Course Content

Six units will be covered over the course of two years. They include Communication and Employability Skills for IT, Computer Systems, Spreadsheet and Database Development and the Design of Websites and Computer Animation. All units are internally assessed and then moderated by the qualification awarding body, Pearson. You will learn practical skills and develop technical writing techniques.


Assessment is through portfolio work. You will study 18 units over two years. Each unit will be internally assessed and sent to the exam board for moderation. Grades are classed as 'Pass', 'Merit' or 'Distinction'.

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is an expectation to complete a minimum of one week work placement in the summer term. You will be proactive in finding a placement that will enable you to use your skills and to enrich your experience so that any applications for university or employment will show that you have good practical, as well as good academic levels of achievement. Enrichment includes Computer gaming and practical computer maintenance.

Additional Information

All BTEC IT students will be required to do additional reading to develop an awareness of emerging technologies. This can be achieved through internet research and reviewing technology broadcasts such as the BBC\'s "Click" programme and different websites such as Extreme Tech and Google's 'Wired'.

Links with other subjects:
Law; Psychology; Business; Accounting and Graphic Design

Future Career Opportunities

Career pathways include: Computer analysis; programming; systems development; technical support; web design; administration; teaching; games design.

Why Study at BSFC?

We provide an excellent learning experience. You will learn new skills that turn you from a novice into an expert user of computer software. You will be guided to achieve excellent results and you will be helped to think outside the box. Your skills will benefit your future in terms of enhancing your capacity to study and present information as well as develop your career.