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BTEC Diploma in IT

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Student Handbook

Vocational Access




Contact Details

Programme Leader

Colin Galley 

College Phone Number: 0191 375 4047

College E-mail:

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Functional Skills /GCSE

Amy Morton - GCSE Maths (

Ian Brown - Functional English (

Chris Davies - Functional Maths (

Emma Dinsley - GCSE English (

Curriculum Support Coach

James Gargett - 0191 3754514,

Course Overview

These level 1 qualifications are aimed at students working at this level who want to develop the knowledge and skills needed to progress to further study and ultimately to employment in the IT or a related sector. It provides an introduction to the sector, enabling students to make informed future progression choices while developing and applying their knowledge and acquiring a range of relevant practical, communication and personal development skills.

Level 1 Diploma: IT Users:

This qualification covers all the basics of using IT systems as well as real world use of IT systems in work and pleasure. It also covers health and safety as well as security and keeping safe. This programme works on a pass and fail criteria with you working through assignment briefs showing the skills and competencies in being able to meet the learning outcomes set by the awarding body.

You will be studying the following modules:

Improving Productivity Using IT

IT Communication Fundamentals

IT Software Fundamentals

Internet Safety for IT Users

Word Processing Software

IT User Fundamentals

Using the Internet

Database Software

Presentation Software

Multimedia Software

IT Security for Users

Using Emails

Spreadsheet Software

Data Management Software

You need 37 credits in total to pass the diploma at Level 1. In completing this qualification you will have gained the skills to apply for a Level 2 qualification.

Introduction to Level 1 in IT:

This qualification covers organisational techniques and planning for progression as well as more hands on practical approach to IT developing skills in programming, creating digital content and using IT to solve problems. This qualification follows a Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria stretching and challenging learner and to improve the learners skills, knowledge and competencies by meeting or exceeding the assessment criteria.

You will be studying the following modules:

Being Organised

Working with Others

Researching a Topic

Developing a Digital Product

Creating a Computer Program

Developing a Personal Progression Plan

Developing Digital Information Using IT

Using Digital Communication Technologies

Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems

Creating a Digital Animated Graphic

To achieve the Diploma you need to complete all 10 modules.

Course regulations


You must attend all timetabled hours each week.  We expect 100 % attendance.

The majority of the course is lecturer based, and it is expected that you will make up your hours up to at least 16 hours per week through library study, home study, research activities, fitness & other activities.

Students are to arrive promptly at the beginning of their timetabled sessions.



Absence through illness must be reported by telephone to the Programme Leader

Where students are absent for more than 5 consecutive days a doctor’s note must be provided – this is to be given to the course leader.  NOTE: This should not be a self-certification note.

Before any known/planned periods of absence you are required to inform staff to allow them to identify any work that may be completed while absent. After any period of absence you should contact your personal tutor it could be that you have missed essential course work and you may need to be given additional work/opportunities for completion of units.  It is your responsibility to catch up with any work that you miss – obtains hand-outs, copy up notes etc.

Where students miss 2 consecutive sessions they should approach the lecturer concerned and offer a satisfactory explanation for absence. All doctors, dental and other appointments must be booked outside your timetabled class times.


Initially should report to the lecturer in charge of your timetabled activity. A qualified first-aider will then be contacted in order to receive the appropriate treatment and/or be ‘signed off’ the College premises.


All assessment work for the qualification will be submitted through the VLE for marking and undergo Anti-plagiarism checks. Learners will receive feedback  on the work submitted in line with the awarding bodies regulations.

Work of unsatisfactory standard / falling below a pass standard will be given back to students after it has been marked up to a maximum of two times– it will have a front cover, indicating necessary improvements. It is the responsibility of the student to get all such amended referrals back to the lecturer who marked the assignment promptly (the unit lecturer’s signature will be on the front sheet).

Referrals must be handed back, complete with original front cover/comments sheet within 2 weeks of receiving the referral.  Where two or more assignments show substantial evidence of copying them the first seen will be marked. The rest will automatically FAIL and a second assignment will be set. Pre-printed material must not be included as part of your assignment text but may be included in the appendixes.

English & Maths

As part of your Study Programme you will continue to develop your English and maths skills. this will be part of your main qualification as well as up to 4 hours of English and maths per week.

If you have gained a D or 3 in either your English of maths you will be able to resit them as part of the program.

If you have not gained either a grade D or 3 in your English and Maths you will study Functional Skills Qualification.

Functional Skills are level based, they are structured like this: entry 1, entry 2, entry 3, level 1 and level 2. You will get an initial assessment to see what level you are currently working at.

Both GCSE and Functional Skills are exam based qualifications.

Developing Work ready Skills

All Vocational Access courses offer a range of employability options to all learners which will develop skills for progression into workplace learning.
In order to do this every learner will be encouraged to follow a well-planned work experience route which could consist of:

•Professional work related IAG
•Workplace visits
•Real work environment (within college)
•Work tasters
•Work shadowing
•Work trial
•Supported Employment
•Well planned work experience placement

The benefits should include:
•Increased confidence for all learners
•A reference for the learner
•The opportunity to assess skills for employability and vocational qualifications
•The opportunity to improve partnership working
•Clearer aspiration and progression routes

Classroom Conduct

Responsibility for your learning and attendance is yours. You will be treated as an adult and will be expected to conduct yourself as such. Therefore, disruptive behaviour in the classroom is not acceptable. Vandalism or any damage to college property, furniture or equipment is seen as serious misconduct.


Your progress will be monitored closely and it is important that deadlines are met to ensure success and good performance.


Plagiarism is when someone else’s ideas or words are used and presented as your own. This is not acceptable and will be dealt with accordingly through the College Plagiarism Policy.


You have chosen to come to college to study in order to enhance your career opportunities. It is therefore expected that you have a positive attitude to your work, your tutors and your fellow learners. Much of the work is self-directed which means that you must be very organised and self-motivated!

Rules for the use of Computing Facilities

The following are not allowed:

•Access to material not related to your course, e.g. games, chat lines, indecent material, unauthorised use of email.  If you play games or disturb other people in the LRC you will be asked to leave

•Installation of unauthorised software

•Interference with any of the computing facilities – hardware, software, furnishings and fittings

•Bringing food or drink into computing rooms

•Making unnecessary noise

Infringement of the above rules could result in disciplinary action being taken. This could result in the complete withdrawal of computing facilities and/or your withdrawal from the course.

By signing an enrolment form, a student agrees to abide by the above rules.

Complaints Procedure

Every learner has access to the complaints procedure, and to ensure that it works properly it should be followed closely. This is detailed on the student intranet. If you have a complaint or concern about the services the College offers, or the learning programme you have embarked upon:

In the first instance please speak to your unit tutor if it is a specific problem with a subject. If you still feel you have a problem or a concern then speak to your Personal Tutor who will try to sort out your concern wherever possible. If your Personal Tutor is unable to correct the problem, it will be passed on to the Course Leader. At all times you will be advised of the progress of the complaint or concern


If you feel at any time that the grade you have been awarded is unfair, approach your unit tutor to discuss this. If you still feel dissatisfied, you should speak to the Course Leader. If you still feel dissatisfied, the College has an appeals procedure that you may follow to rectify this. The procedure is outlined on the student intranet.  Internal verification procedures ensure consistency in grading students’ work. Tutors welcome the opportunity to discuss a student's grades, as it shows the student is able to analyse and evaluate the standard of their own work.


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