This is the BTEC for students who want a general IT qualification, which is all about using computers and understanding the basics of how computers and networks function.  This is for students who want to complete a course focussed on using computers rather than how they work.

 “Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.” - Steve Jobs

Course description

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment, including: • development of key skills that prove their aptitude in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data • processes that underpin effective ways of working, such as project planning, the iterative design process, cyber security, virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of conduct • 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.

Exam board

  • Edexcel

Exam board website

·         https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/digital-information-technology.html

Link to past papers


  • 40% of the assessment is based on a 1 hour 30 mins paper based exam entitled "Effective Digital Working Practices" and learners will develop their understanding of what makes an effective user interface and how to effectively manage a project. They will use this understanding to plan, design and create a user interface.
  • 60% of the assessment is based on two pieces of internal assessed coursework lasting 72 hours where students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.

Ways to help my child succeed

  • Ask them about what they are doing in their ICT and Computing lessons.
  • Prompt them to attend in school support sessions and lunchtime homework sessions in the IT Hub and IT rooms.
  • NB: You don’t have to buy specialist equipment for home – we have plenty of computers in school that can be used at lunchtime or after school.

Useful websites

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