IT is everywhere and every day IT changes the world. By studying IT students can help drive this transformation.
Students will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between the hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.
Paper 1: Information technology systems
The use of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
Assessment: written exam of two hours. 33% of BTEC.
Paper 2: Creating systems to manage information
The design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.
Assessment: 5 hour exam split into two sessions. Completed and submitted electronically. 25% of BTEC.
Non-exam assessment: Using social media in business
Students will explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services. They will develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet requirements. Assessment: internal with external moderation. 25% of BTEC.
Non-exam assessment: Data Modelling
Understand how and why businesses use spreadsheets. Students will design and build a spreadsheet to solve a specific business problem. Assessment: internal with external moderation 17% of BTEC.
A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.
GCSE English and Mathematics grade 5 or above
This qualification is suitable for learners intending to pursue any career in which an understanding of technology is needed.
The course is good preparation for higher education courses in IT and other subjects. It will also boost employment prospects as you will have developed a wide range of skills including problem solving, communication and team work.