St John Plessington Catholic College

Digital Information Technology (ICT)


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Head of Department:

Mrs K Penny 




BTEC Level1/2 Technical Award in Digital Information Technology 

Programme of study

The qualification has been designed to nurture digital knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes 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 the course structured & assessed?

The qualification consists of three components that gives you the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the digital sector. It helps to develop specialist skills and techniques in project planning, designing user interfaces and manipulating and interpreting data. Two of the units are internally assessed and externally moderated. One of the units is exam based that is externally assessed. In order to be awarded a qualification, a learner must complete and achieve an outcome for all three components. The overall grade is a direct aggregation of performance across individual components, with each component weighted according to the GLH.

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques 36 GLH (Internal assessment worth 30%)
This component provides you with the knowledge, practical and creative skills they need to explore user interface design and development principles that investigate how to use project planning techniques to manage a digital project.

Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data 36 GLH (Internal assessment worth 30%)
This component provides you with the knowledge and practical skills they need to explore how data impacts on individuals and organisations to be able to draw conclusions and make recommendations on data intelligence.

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices 48 GLH (Exam unit worth 40%)

This component requires you to analyse and interpret information in relation to different scenarios and draw on knowledge, understanding and skills such as the project planning process, interface design, collection and use of data when making recommendations on working practices related to design, project organisation, cyber security and legal and ethical issues.

What can these qualifications lead to?

Successful completion of this course will help you progress to Level 3 vocational and academic qualifications. You may wish to continue studying ICT in Sixth Form where we offer the BTEC Level 3 ICT course. This is the equivalent to one A Level and will further develop and extend knowledge from previous units. You will also have the opportunity to take on and study new topics within units. On successful completion of the BTEC Level 3 in ICT,, you are then eligible to apply to university to continue your studies or vocations.

In summary, this qualification opens up an incredible world of opportunities for work both in the technology industries and in supporting roles within other industries. IT people not only need technical skills and knowledge but also other characteristics such as an ability to communicate clearly. This course will enhance your English skills through the requirement for analytical writing,