This course covers more advanced computing/IT skills that can be applied in a broad spectrum of job roles. With technology becoming ever more powerful and complex, this qualification enables learners to keep pace with latest developments, use IT extensively in their role and contribute to the efficient running of their workplace.
You need GCSE grades A-C (Grade 4 or above) in English and Maths. 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 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.
Learners choose to take 39 credits from a broad variety of unit options relevant to their job. These will be discussed in detail with your assessor.
Mandatory units are: Improving Productivity Using IT Skills; Understanding the Potential of IT; and Developing Personal and Team Effectiveness Using IT.
Learners are also required to complete Functional Skills - English Level 2, Maths Level 2 and ICT Level 2 - plus Employment Rights and Responsibilities.
A dedicated mentor and assessor will support and guide the learner towards the qualification, with assessment taking place both on and off the job. Training in Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Key Skills will be delivered via a flexible approach, depending on the learner's experience.
Learners can develop their portfolio of qualifications further by progressing to another course at a higher level such as a Foundation Degree, HNC or HND.
Or, job role permitting, you may consider further apprenticeships in areas such as administration, customer service or team leading.
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.