Digital Information Technology BTEC Tech Award

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Why study this course?

The BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology (Qualification Number: 603/2740/6), is for learners who want to acquire technical knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, understanding and skills related to data management, data interpretation, data presentation and data protection as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learners experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

What can you expect from this course?

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance,  which cover the:

  • Development of key skills that prove your aptitude in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data
  • Process that underpins effective ways of working in digital information technology, such as project planning, the iterative design process, cyber security, virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of conduct
  • Attitudes that are considered most important in digital information technology, including personal management and communication 
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as how different user interfaces meet user needs, how organisations collect and use data to make decisions, virtual workplaces, cyber security and legal and ethical issues.

How is it assessed?

Components 1 and 2 are assessed through Internal Assessment. Component 3 is assessed externally – a set task completed under supervised exam style conditions

What can I do after completing this qualification?

The digital sector is a major source of employment in the UK, with 1.46 million people working in digital companies and around 45,000 digital jobs advertised at any one time. Digital skills span all industries; 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.

What will I study? (include unit numbers and names)

1 Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques
2 Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data
3 Effective Digital Working Practices