BTEC IT

Syllabus Title: Digital Information Technology BTEC

Exam Board: Edexcel

Around 1.5 million people work in digital companies, and almost all jobs in the UK today require employees to have a good level of digital literacy. The UK has positioned itself to be the ‘Digital capital of Europe’ as it continues to invest billions every year in digital skills and commerce. The modern world expects digital skills to be as important as English and Maths.

In BTEC in Digital Information Technology (DIT), 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. 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, so you will learn to use project-planning tools, models and techniques within a digital context. Digital projects today often involve working with diverse teams across different locations, so you will develop an understanding of what a virtual work environment is and how cloud technologies allow remote teams to work together more effectively.

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • project plan the design and development of a user interface
  • process and interpret data and draw conclusions
  • explore how organisations use digital systems and the wider implications associated with their use

CONTENT

  • explore user interface design and development principles
  • discover how to develop and review a digital user interface
  • investigate how to use project planning techniques to manage a digital project
  • explore how data impacts on individuals and organisations
  • develop a dashboard using data manipulation tools
  • draw conclusions and make recommendations on data intelligence
  • explore how modern information technology is evolving
  • understand what cyber security is and how to safeguard against threats
  • consider legal and ethical issues in data and information sharing

ASSESSMENT

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques

  • Internally assessed assignments

Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

  • Internally assessed assignments

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices

  • Scenario-based external assessment

PROGRESSION AT POST-16 & BEYOND

Students can progress onto Level 3 BTEC Nationals in IT, or A Level Computer Science, both of which are available at RR6. It also enhances your overall digital literacy and gives you a solid foundation for further study and employment.

STAFF TO CONTACT: 

Mr Bell (Head of Computing)