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BTEC Technical Award Digital Information Technology

What is BTEC Tech Award Digital Information Technology?

This course will give you a wide skills base in a range of ICT areas that can be used and applied in all industries. The need for ICT skills and qualifications has become a necessity to all businesses and higher education organisations, making this an important subject for the present and the future. A Technical Award in Digital Information Technology will give you knowledge of a range of software packages which are used in business everyday including the complete Microsoft Office Package (Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Word) and the adobe suit to help build websites and professional graphics (Photoshop, Fireworks and Dreamweaver).

Why should I choose this course?

If you have an interest in the following then this is the course for you:

  • Learn about current and emerging technologies and how they impact on your lives
  • Work with a range of digital tools and techniques
  • Learn about the design of websites, interfaces, financial models and databases
  • Create an interactive digital product for others to use
  • Follow a programme of study that enables progression to further courses and employment in ICT
  • Develop key skills which are highly valued by employers and further education
  • Gain confidence by developing independent learning skills

Who is this course suitable for?

This course will appeal to you if:

  • Have a keen interest in Information and Communication Technology
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to your own life and experience
  • Want to find out more about how ICT tools, applications and systems are used by organisations
  • Are interested in developing an understanding of current and emerging technologies
  • Want to study a course that is active and enjoyable
  • Want to move on to a related career or further education
  • Wish to build up a qualification by studying separate units

The structure of the BTEC Tech Award Digital Information Technology

Component 1: User Interface design (Internal Assessment – worth 30% of final grade)

Component 1 will be done during Year 10. Learners will develop their understanding of what makes an effective user interface and how to effectively manage a project. They will use this understanding to plan, design and create a user interface.

You will complete:

  • A – Investigate user interface design for individuals and organisations
  • B – Use project planning techniques to plan and design a user interface
  • C – Develop and review a user interface

Component 2: Data Analytics (Internal Assessment – worth 30% of final grade)

Learners will understand the characteristics of data and information and how they help organisations in decision making. They will use data manipulation methods to create a dashboard to present and draw conclusions from information.

You will complete:

  • A – Investigate the role and impact of using data on individuals and organisations
  • B – Create a dashboard using data manipulation tools
  • C – Draw conclusions and review data presentation methods

Component 3: Written exam

Learners will explore how organisations use digital systems and the wider implications associated with their use. This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed across the qualification. It is assessed through a written exam that is set and marked by the exam board. The external assessment will include questions totalling 60 marks. The test duration is 1 hour 30 minutes. Assessment availability is twice a year: February and May/June.

Course Key Details

Examinations: 40% – Examination in two possible exam windows in Year 11 (Feb/March and May/June) – 1Hr 30mins

NEA/Internal Assessment

Component 1: User Interface design (Internal Assessment in Year 10 – worth 30% of final grade)

Component 2: Data Analytics (Internal Assessment in Year 11 – worth 30% of final grade)

Progression:

Cambridge Technical in iMedia (Levels 2 and 3)

A Level ICT

BTEC National Information Technology

Apprenticeship Framework (Level 2 and 3)

At University, typical modules in a Digital Technology degree may include:

  • Network development and maintenance
  • Project Management
  • Software design and development
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Digital Marketing
  • Innovative Multimedia
  • IT Infrastructure

Options – BTEC Tech Award Digital Information Technology FAQs

This course is about how we can use common IT applications to solve problems that reflect real-world scenarios. It aims to provide knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and evaluation of IT skills to produce appropriate solutions.
Yes, 60% of the course is internal assessment, split across two components; one in Year 10 and the other in Year 11. Both components are broken into 3 sub-sections that will form a solution to a given problem.
The course is structured to be continually assessed across the two years. There are 3 assessment tasks each for component 1 and 2. Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment. These internal assessments are tasks that relate to a given assessment brief and require both written and practical tasks to be completed in order to provide an appropriate solution. Component 3 is an external assessment in the form of a written exam which you would complete in Year 11 (options are Feb/March and/or May/June exam windows). This is a 1 hr and 30-minute assessment.
BTEC courses are graded differently to GCSE courses. The highest grade you can achieve is a Level 2 Distinction* and the lowest pass mark is a Level 1 Pass. These grades do hold equivalent to GCSE grades.
It is recognised the same way as a GCSE. Many colleges offer Level 3 BTEC courses and A-Level courses and the BTEC is equivalent to one GCSE and would be part of Colleges and Sixth Form entry requirements.

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
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