This course represents an ideal opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge. It includes using advanced IT application software in creating and amending many types of formatted information such as documents, diagrams, spreadsheets and presentations; maintaining simple websites; using the Internet to find and exchange information; and using social media to disseminate information.
You need GCSE English and Maths grades A - D (Grade 5 or above). You will have an interview prior to your enrolment on this course and you will be required to sit an initial English and maths diagnostic assessment and a skillscan. Your assessor will carry these out at your workplace. In addition to good literacy and numeracy skills, you will need to be well motivated and self-disciplined.
You can choose to take 38 credits from a broad variety of unit options relevant to your job. These will be discussed in detail with your assessor. Mandatory units are: Improving Productivity Using ICT; Understanding the Potential of IT; and Developing Personal and Team Effectiveness Using IT.
Learners are also required to complete Functional Skills - English Level 1, Maths Level 1 and ICT Level 2 - plus Employment Rights and Responsibilities.
A dedicated mentor and assessor will support and guide you towards the qualification, with assessment taking place both on and off the job. Training in Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Functional Skills will be delivered via a flexible approach, depending on your experience.
All materials will be provided by Derby College.
You could progress to the Level 3 IT Application Specialist, job role permitting, or further apprenticeships in fields such as customer service, administration or team leading at Level 2.
After finishing school I wanted to focus specifically on IT and achieved better results when doing course work so chose a BTEC National Diploma at Derby College. I really enjoyed focusing solely on IT but having various different disciplines with the IT, it gave me a varied understanding of what is expected within each different branch of IT. My time at the College gave me an understanding of different roles that I could do in a work environment and what skills are applicable in each field. I use of the technical programming skills I learnt at the College on a day to day basis.
The most exciting part of my current role is training and developing new staff members, helping them to learn new technical process and learning transferable skills that can go across the industry.