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EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 subsidiary diploma in IT practitioners

Brief Summary of the Course
BTEC Nationals are QCF Level 3 qualifications 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. The qualifications also provide career development opportunities for those already in employment and through articulation to higher education, degree and professional development programmes provide progression opportunities within the same cognate or related areas of study within universities and other institutions. BTEC Nationals accredit the achievement for courses and programmes of study for full time or part-time learners in schools, colleges and other training provider organisations.
The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary  Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. These learners may wish to extend their programme through the study of a general qualifications such as GCE AS Levels, additional specialist learning (for example through another BTEC qualification) or a complementary NVQ.
These learning programmes can be developed to allow learners to study related and complementary qualifications without duplication of content. For adult learners the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma can extend their experience of work in a particular sector. It may also be a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career or move into a particular area of employment following a career break. The predecessor qualification to the BTEC Level 3Subsidiary Diploma is the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award accredited on to the National Qualifications Framework, which has the same equivalences, overall size and focus as the revised QCF-accredited qualification.
In BTEC Nationals all units are internally assessed with the exception of vendor units, which area ssessed through vendor-set external examination. All assessment for BTEC Nationals is criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction: - to achieve a ‘pass' a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria;- to achieve a ‘merit' a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria;- to achieve a ‘distinction' a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria;- learners who complete the unit but who do not meet all the pass criteria are graded ‘unclassified.
What will you be studying?
The BTEC Nationals in IT have been developed in the IT sector to:- give education and training for IT employees- give opportunities for IT employees to achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 vocationally-specific qualification- give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the IT sector or to progress to vocational- qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing and Systems Development- give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes- essential for successful performance in workinglife.