BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies (ICT)


  • 16-18


This is a practical course covering the use of application software and practical skills in using ICT.

Outline of skills and knowledge

Units will include:

  •  Being organised
  • Developing a personal progression plan
  • Working with others
  • Researching a topic
  • Using Digital Communication Technologies
  • Creating a spreadsheet to solve problems
  • Creating a website
  • Designing an interactive presentation
  • Presenting a Business Idea
  • Designing a product

You will also have classes in mathematics and English. You will have a personal tutor who will provide help with personal development and careers advice.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

The Level 1 certificate can start to prepare you for a career which uses IT. You can progress on to BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology

How will I learn?

Through assignments, own study, videos, guest speakers, practical work, theory work carried out over the period of the course. Specific units are designed to meet the needs of students at the appropriate level.

How will I be assessed?

All units are coursework based.

Equipment and other costs

No costs for equipment although students will be expected to provide their own folders and pens etc.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies

Is there additional work required by the student?

Students are expected to study for 16 hours per week, normally across 3 days - there is an expectation that students will do an additional number of self study hours.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Computing, Information Technology

Awarding Body

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Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

All applicants will take a language and numeracy assessment and will be interviewed. You may also be given an IT test. 

Entry requirements

GCSEs including English & Maths or equivalent grade 2/ grade E or above other equivalent qualifications also considered


Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds and Continuing Learners aged 19

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

For further information click here.

For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here