High level computing and IT skills are essential in the digital world we inhabit. In science, engineering, social and economic aspects of society, technology is the underpinning theme that helps progress. Studying this course, you will develop expertise and become a proficient critical thinker with the ability to solve problems and work effectively with others with emerging technologies.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will be expected to have GCSE grade 4 in English Language and a minimum of grade 3 in Mathematics.
Features of the Course
You will study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations. Building on this knowledge, you will design, create, test and evaluate various systems in order to analyse information to identify trends and guide your planning effectively. Social media and web development will feature in your studies and your ability to use a range of software applications will develop to a professional level.
There are 13 units of study, of which seven are mandatory and six optional. Two of the mandatory units are assessed through external written examination. The remaining units are internally assessed through assignments. Grades are classed as ’Pass’, ’Merit’, ’Distinction’ or ‘Distinction*’.
Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel (RQF)
Enrichment and Work Experience
There is an opportunity to undertake work experience in the second-year of the course. Our most capable students will complete an extensive placement of 350 hours or 50 days of work experience.
All other students will undertake a minimum of one-week of work placement as part of the course. Building on our links with industry, you will go on trips to well-known technology organisations and you will be invited to attend various technology trade exhibitions.
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 “Techcrunch” and “Wired”.
Future Career Opportunities
Students progress to degree courses including information technology, media communications, business studies and communication systems. Career opportunities include website design, computer graphics, training and technical support, computer gaming, marketing and digital media.
Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?
You will be taught by experienced teachers who have worked professionally in the IT and computing industry. You will use industry standard software and be given time and individual support to develop your skills and expertise. You will work on assignments and tasks individually and you will also be encouraged to develop themes with like-minded individuals on group projects. The majority of students from this course progress to undergraduate studies in a wide range of IT related careers.