5 A-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) or A Distinction in a relevant Level 2 Diploma and a C in GCSE English and Maths
The BTEC Level 3 qualifications are designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. On successful completion of a BTEC level 3 qualification, a learner can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area.
The BTEC Extended Diploma offers the equivalent of 3 A-Levels.
Who is the course suitable for?
If exams are not your preferred method of study and you want to keep your options open to either work or higher education then one of these options may be right for you. This course is suitable for academically capable learners and should not be viewed as an easier alternative because you are going to be trained by experienced professionals who have knowledge in the fields you may be interested in. We have high professional standards and expectations of our learners.
This course prepares you with skills and knowledge in a variety of topics that will prepare you for the next level of education or a job in the IT Sector. You will need to be prepared to attend college 4 days per week and attend work experience. Examples of units you will study are: Communication and Employability Skills for IT Computer Systems Information Systems Software Design and Development Object Oriented Programming Project Planning with IT Computer Systems Architecture Mathematics for IT Practitioners Maintaining Computer Systems You will study approximately 9 units per year and will have the opportunity to upgrade Maths and English GCSE subjects.
Development of Maths and English
Students who have not yet achieved at least a C grade in English and Maths will have to continue taking these subjects up to the age of 18, as per government requirements.
At Central Bedfordshire College Students who have a D in GCSE Maths and English will be required to retake these GCSE subjects in order to obtain at least a C grade at GCSE level.
Students who have achieved GCSE A C Grade in English and Maths will be expected to develop their skills further completing a applied English and/or Maths project.
Employability Skills Development
Your study programme includes 1 hour per week of employability skills development which includes Careers Education, support and guidance on progression opportunities.
How will the course be taught?
You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced professionals who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level. Lectures, discussions, independent research and practical tasks.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, manage your workload and meet college expectations.
Are there any additional costs?
Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.
What course can I do next?
You can progress onto Higher Education courses applying to study further into fields such as:
Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing Foundation Degree in IT
Alternatively you could look for work in related fields such as: Advanced Apprenticeship in IT Programmer Website Design and Development ICT Systems Support Network Engineer
Where can I get further support / advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Fill in an application form and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.
If you are aged 19 or over on the 31st August of the year you begin your course or if you are actively seeking employment and can provide evidence that youre in receipt of a state benefit e.g. job seekers, housing benefit- this course may be free!