As part of the large Vocational offering at Bodmin College we like to treat our students as adults. We show them the same respect that they show us and we promote discussion times where we look at potential career pathways that they may take after completion of our course.
As a department we are commited to delivering a curriculum that our students find innovative and enjoyable. We encourage our students to talk freely and participate in extra-curricular activities outside of their day to day coursework to challenge them and progress beyond their set targets.
Students will be learning about the latest technologies available in ICT. They will gain hands on experience of different technologies such as Web design, Computer building and configuring Switches and Networking.
We have an excellent track record with our level 2 and 3 BTEC results. With many students going on to university taking degree courses in Software/Game Design, Network Security and Computing Science.
This is down to the teaching and learning taking place in the classroom and the relationships built up with the students during the time they spend with us.
BTEC Level 2/3 ICT Practitioner
The course has both practical and theoretical elements, from fault finding across networks, designing and publishing interactive websites through to researching new and emerging technologies and system analysis. There are no formal entry requirements, although a good all round education and an interest in computing and technology is obviously an advantage!
Students will be informally assessed by the course tutors and placed on the most appropriate level based upon ability and prior knowledge, and progression from level 2 to level 3 is encouraged.
Students build up a portfolio of evidence over a number of units that are internally assessed and externally verified by Pearson, the awarding body. Completion of the Level 3 extended diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels, and many of our students have gone on to University.
Each unit will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction, and the expectations of the students is that work will be completed within the required timescales set for each unit.
On joining the course, your tutors will work with you to place you on the most appropriate level. A level 2 certificate can be achieved in year 12, and we encourage students to start their level 3 with us in year 13.
Students who already have a good understanding of IT and computing will be encouraged to start their Level 3, achieving their diploma in year 12 and extended diploma the following year.
Whatever route students takes, their portfolio will cover areas such as networking, interactive web design, fault diagnostics and technical support.
For students who have completed their Level 3 Diploma, this year will be spent on more detailed projects and assignments that may include digital graphic design, event driven programming or system security. Students starting their diploma will research topics such as troubleshooting and repair, design and installing networks and electronic commerce.