Chadsgrove offers a BTEC in ICT for those pupils who have successfully completed an Entry Level course in ICT. Please see the presentation below to find out more about this accreditation.


What is a BTEC?

BTECs are work related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students. They are built to accommodate the needs of employers and provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning.

At Chadsgrove, students can study BTEC ICT Users (ITQ) at Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2 led by Mrs Macvie. The level taken by a student is dependent upon prior performance at Key Stage 4.

The different BTEC qualifications vary at each level - the smallest is an Award, the next is a Certificate, and the largest is a Diploma. The amount of time available to a student to study their BTEC and the pace at which they work will determine which award is achieved. 

For a BTEC, students study real-life, work-based case studies and complete projects and assessments, which contribute to achieving each unit studied. Each BTEC is made up of units. The number of units is dependent on the level and size of BTEC being studied. In order to complete each unit, students must achieve against a set of outcomes. The assessment criteria address theory with practical exercises. 

The assessment process is ongoing, allowing the student to analyse and improve their own performance throughout their course in much the same way as they would in a real workplace. Teachers continually mark and suggest improvements to work, and encourage students to reflect upon what they are doing so that they can refine and improve upon their skills.

Students will have between 1 and 3 hours direct contact time with their teacher each week. They will also be expected to attempt some tasks independently in their own time. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, to aim high, and to think through problems and develop strategies to overcome any difficulties they may have.


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