ICT Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

Technology is constantly developing and is present in all our lives. Progress over the last 10 years has seen the emergence of smart phones, control systems in the home, biometric technology and artificial intelligence. Each passing year opens new opportunities for software development and this drives a need for hardware innovation. On this course you will develop a broad understanding of the hardware and software that underpins computer driven technology and you will study a range of subjects, from communicating effectively to creating your own computer animations. Business software manipulation and computer maintenance will also be skills that you will acquire.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, 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 assessed through portfolio work and practical application. You will learn and develop real life skills that can be put to use in employment as well as technical writing techniques.


Assessment is through portfolio work. You will study six units over two years. Each unit is assessed through coursework and practical applications. 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 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 The Sixth Form Bolton?

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.