ICT Key Stage 4 Option

BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology (EDEXCEL)

This will be of particular interest to those who enjoy design and technology and have an interest in the use of ICT in the real world.

What will I learn?

In this qualification, which is over two years, you will develop important technical skills in data interpretation, data presentation and data protection. You will cover aspects of user interface (UI) design and development, and learn how to develop a project plan for your own UI designs. Cybercrime is an increasing threat – understanding the different types of threats and how to mitigate against them is vital to any business that uses and retains sensitive data. You will develop an understanding of what cyber security is and the importance of legal and ethical considerations when using modern technologies. Organisations often implement technological improvements by rolling out change projects, sound understanding how projects are structured is of vital importance. This qualification will enable you to use project-planning tools, models and techniques within a digital context. Digital projects today often involve working with diverse teams across different locations. You will develop an understanding of what a virtual work environment is and how cloud technologies allow remote teams to work together more effectively.

How will I learn?

Throughout the course there will be a variety of different learning opportunities, from teacher and student lead lessons, to mini projects and preparation for assignments. There is a selection of paper and digital based resources to support students learning during the course.

How will I be assessed?

The BTEC is made up of three units:

1. Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques( 36 GLH, Internal assessment 3 assignments)

2. Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data (36 GLH, Internal assessment 3 assignments)

3. Effective Digital Working Practises (48 GLH, External assessment 1 exam Jan and/or June Year 11)

Where might it lead?

You might wish to go on to study a Level 3 course in Information Technology. If you then wish to specialise your learning in a specific digital vocation, you could consider a BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Digital Technology, which enables you to select from three pathways: Data Management, Digital Applications or Network & Cyber Security. Alternatively, you may want to progress to an apprenticeship, for example at Level 3 in Digital Marketer, Infrastructure Technician or Software Development Technician.

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