BTEC Extended Diploma: IT (NQF 2016)
Course Title:
BTEC Extended Diploma: IT

Validated by:
Pearson (Edexcel)

Qualification Level:
3

Period Taught:
2018 – Present

The BTEC National (Extended) in IT is accredited by Edexcel as a vocational specialist course and is approximately equivalent to three A-Levels. The programme is made up of 12-13 units (2016 NQF version) studied over a 2 year period with 6 in the 1st year and another 6-7 in the 2nd year. The programme is mainly assessed through student assignments which can be in the form of a technical report, a leaflet, a poster, a presentation or an observation log with photographic evidence. There are also exams and controlled assignments. Each unit is graded using pass, merit and distinction criteria. The course offers a variety of theoretical and practical learning approaches to engage learners.

Units delivered:

  • Information Technology Systems (part)
  • Website Development
  • Social Media for Business
BTEC Extended Diploma: IT Practitioners (QCF 2010)
Course Title:
BTEC Extended Diploma: IT Practitioners

Validated by:
Pearson (Edexcel)

Qualification Level:
3

Period Taught:
2010 – 2018

The BTEC National (Extended) in IT was accredited by Edexcel as a vocational specialist course and was approximately equivalent to three A-Levels. The programme was made up of 18 units (2010 QCF version) studied over a 2 year period with 9 in the 1st year and another 9 in the 2nd year. The programme was assessed through student assignments which could be in the form of a technical report, a leaflet, a poster, a presentation or an observation log with photographic evidence. Each unit was graded using pass, merit and distinction criteria. The course offered a variety of theoretical and practical learning approaches to engage its learners.

Units delivered:

  • Computer Networks
  • Database Design
  • E-Commerce
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Information Systems
  • Digital Graphics
  • Multimedia Design
  • Project Planning with IT
  • Website Production
  • Client Side Customisation of Web Pages
BTEC First Diploma: Information and Creative Technology (NQF 2012)
Course Title:
BTEC First Diploma: Information and Creative Technology

Validated by:
Pearson (Edexcel)

Qualification Level:
2

Period Taught:
2014 – 2015

The BTEC First in ICT is accredited by Edexcel as a vocational specialist course and is approximately equivalent to three GCSE grades. The programme is made up of 10 units (2014 NQF version) studied over a 1 year period. The programme is assessed through student assignments and some online examinations. Each unit is graded using pass, merit and distinction criteria. The course offers a variety of theoretical and practical learning approaches to engage its learners.

Units delivered:

  • Database Design
  • Website Design
BTEC Higher National Diploma: Computing and Systems Development (QCF 2010)
Course Title:
BTEC Higher National Diploma: Computing and Systems Development

Validated by:
Pearson (Edexcel)

Qualification Level:
4 and 5

Period Taught:
2012 – 2018

The HND programme introduced computing students to higher education and was equivalent to the first two years of university BSc(Hons) study. The course was typically studied 2 years full-time and prepared learners for professional work or a final top-up year on a degree programme. Students covered 16 units, with 8 in each academic year. The programme was assessed through assignments which come in theory and practical forms. A big emphasis on the HND was independent study, action research and professional reports with referencing.

Units delivered:

  • Computer Systems (Lv4)
  • Website Design (Lv4)
  • Multimedia and Authoring (Lv4)
  • Database Design Concepts (Lv4)
  • Business Skills for E-Commerce (Lv4)
  • Digital Image Creation and Development (Lv5)
  • Information Systems in Organisations (Lv5)
  • Web Applications Development (Lv5)
  • E-Commerce Strategy (Lv5)
  • IT Security Management (Lv5)
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (Lv5)
BTEC Higher National Diploma: Computing (RQF 2017)
Course Title:
BTEC Higher National Diploma: Computing

Validated by:
Pearson (Edexcel)

Qualification Level:
4 and 5

Period Taught:
2017 – Present

The HND programme introduces computing students to higher education and is equivalent to the first two years of university BSc(Hons) study. The course is typically studied 2 years full-time and prepares learners for professional work or a final top-up year on a degree programme. Students cover 15 units, with 8 in year 1 and a further 7 in year 2. The programme is assessed through assignments which come in theory and practical forms. A big emphasis on the HND is independent study, action research and professional reports with referencing.

Units delivered:

  • Database Design (Lv4)
  • Software Development Lifecycles (Lv4)
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Lv4)
  • Web Design and Development (Lv4)
  • Computing Research Project (Lv5)
  • Emerging Technologies (Lv5)
  • Application Development (Lv5)
BTEC Higher National Diploma: Business (QCF 2010)
Course Title:
BTEC Higher National Diploma: Business

Validated by:
Pearson (Edexcel)

Qualification Level:
4 and 5

Period Taught:
2016

The HND programme introduced business students to higher education and was equivalent to the first two years of university BSc(Hons) study. The course was typically studied 2 years full-time and prepared learners for professional work or a final top-up year on a degree programme. Students cover 16 units, with 8 in each academic year. The programme is assessed through assignments which come in theory and practical forms. A big emphasis on the HND is independent study, action research and professional reports with referencing.

Units delivered:

  • The Internet and E-Business (Lv4)
BTEC Advanced Diploma: IT
Course Title:
BTEC Advanced Diploma: IT

Validated by:
Edexcel

Qualification Level:
3

Period Taught:
2010 – 2011

The Advanced Diploma in Information Technology was a high-end diploma accredited by Edexcel. The course was highly technical and required high-order skills in writing, research and planning. The course was graded using controlled student assignments and some examinations. The unit assessments were graded using a banding system out of 1, 2 and 3, with the latter being the higher criteria with the most amount of marks available. The programme also included some additional specialist learning (ASL) units from the BTEC National Diploma IT Practitioners specification.

Units delivered:

  • Multimedia and Digital Projects
  • ASL: Human Computer Interaction
  • ASL: IT Technical Support
BTEC Extended Diploma: Business (QCF 2010)
Course Title:
BTEC Extended Diploma: Business

Validated by:
Pearson (Edexcel)

Qualification Level:
3

Period Taught:
2011

The BTEC National (Extended) in Business was accredited by Edexcel as a vocational specialist course and was approximately equivalent to three A-Levels. The programme was made up of 18 units (NQF 2010 version) studied over a 2 year period with 9 in the 1st year and another 9 in the 2nd year. The programme was assessed through student assignments which can be in the form of a technical report, a leaflet, a poster, a presentation or an observation log with photographic evidence. Each unit was graded using pass, merit and distinction criteria. The course offered a variety of theoretical and practical learning approaches to engage its learners.

Units delivered:

  • Managing Business Information
Functional Skills
Course Title:
Functional Skills

Validated by:
City and Guilds

Qualification Level:
Various

Period Taught:
2011

Functional Skills are additional qualifications which the UK government have set for learners studying full-time courses in further education colleges. The Functional Skills platform consists of three parts; English, Maths and ICT. The subjects can be studied at numerous levels including entry 1, entry 2, entry 3, level 1 and level 2.

Skills delivered:

  • Information Technology Level 1
  • Information Technology Level 2
Continuous Personal Development (Teacher Training)
Course Title:
Continuous Personal Development (Teacher Training)

Validated by:
N/A

Qualification Level:
N/A

Period Taught:
2011 – Present

Continued Personal Development (CPD) is a scheme that FE college lecturers in the UK attend to develop further skills. It used to be enforced by teaching regulatory bodies and the UK government but is now a recommendation by training providers. The amount of CPD hours one has to study throughout the academic year is usually determined by the amount of hours the individual works.

Sessions delivered:

  • Advanced Use of Moodle VLE
  • Uploading Files to Moodle VLE
  • Marking Student’s Work on the Moodle VLE (E-Assessment)
  • Using Interactive Smart Boards
  • Using the ProMonitor Markbook Information System
  • Using Impero ICT Classroom Management Software
  • Effective Use of Formative Assessment
  • Google Education Suite for Beginners
  • Google Education Suite for Intermediates
PCDL Part Time Adult Courses
Course Title:
PCDL Part Time Adult Courses

Validated by:
N/A (Tutor Creation)

Qualification Level:
Various

Period Taught:
2010 – 2012

PCDL (Personal Community Development Learning) programmes are offered on a part-time basis to adults. These short courses are usually delivered one evening a week for 6 to 10 weeks. They allow adults to gain skills in areas of interest or topics relating to their own work. PCDL courses are funded by the local County Council in the UK.

Short courses delivered:

  • Introduction to Web Design (Level 1 and 2)