Over the last 20 years technology has dramatically changed the way in which we live and communicate. Information and Communications Technology focuses on how individuals and organisations use technology with specific focus on user interface design, the use of data within businesses and modern working practices.
BTEC Digital IT is 120 Guided Learning Hours and is equivalent to a GCSE in both size and rigour.
The qualification is comprised of:
Component 1: Exploring User Interface design principles and project planning techniques. This is an internally assessed assignment contributing to 30% of the overall grade. In this component we plan and build a User Interface for a stadium information system.
Component 2: Collecting, presenting and interpreting data. This is an internally assessed assignment contributing to 30% of the overall grade. In this component we design and build a data dashboard in Microsoft Excel.
Component 3: Externally assessed exam, 1.5 hrs, contributing to 40% of the overall grade. Content includes topics such as cloud computing, hacking, malware and computer legislation.
Is it for me?
There is an increasing skills gap in the UK with the workforce lacking in ICT skills required for many jobs, a ICT qualification will put the students in a good position for the future.
This qualification is designed for those students who are looking for a career in ICT as well as those who are not necessarily looking for a career in ICT but who need a background in using ICT (e.g. administrators and office workers, sales staff, doctors, solicitors and bank workers).
Pathways where a level 2 ICT is beneficial might include:
A-level Computer Science
IT Support Engineer: Average salary £28,000
Web Designer: Average salary £31,000
Software Engineer: Average salary £44,500
Business Analyst: Average salary £49,500