Curriculum

Digital Information Technology

Edexcel Tech Award in BTEC Digital Information Technology
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 a 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.

Curriculum Overview – Edexcel Tech Award in BTEC Digital Information Technology
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

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

Investigate user interface design for individuals and organisations

  • What is a user interface?
  • Audience needs
  • Design principles
  • Designing an efficient user interface

Use project planning techniques to plan and design a user interface

  • Project planning techniques
  • Create a project plan
  • Create an initial design

Develop and review a user interface

  • Developing a user interface
  • Refining the user interface
  • Review

Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

Investigate the role and impact of using data on

  • individuals and organisations
  • Characteristics of data and information
  • Representing information
  • Ensuring data is suitable for processing
  • Data collection

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices

Modern technologies

  • Modern technologies
  • Impact of modern technologies

Cyber security

  • Threats to data
  • Prevention and management of threats to data
  • Policy

The wider implications of digital systems

  • Responsible use
  • Legal and ethical

Planning and communication in digital systems

  • Forms of notation
  • N/A – GCSE exams are taken at the end of Year 10