Level:
BTEC Level 1/ Level 2

Exam board:
Pearson/Edexcel

Description:

The BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology is a vocational course where you will develop knowledge and skills by applying your learning in a work-related context.
The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment; studying the knowledge, understanding and skills related to
data management, data interpretation, data presentation and data protection.
The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that’s externally assessed.
 
Component 1: Explore
Exploring user interface design principles and development, developing project planning techniques while developing a new user interface design.
(internally assessed assignments, 30% of the total course)
Component 2: Develop
Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data. Exploring how data impacts on individuals and organisations to draw conclusions and make recommendations on data intelligence.
(internally assessed assignments, 30% of the total course)
Component 3: Apply
Effective Digital Working Practices. Exploring how modern information technology is evolving, considering legal and ethical issues in data and information sharing. Understanding what cyber security is and how to safeguard against it.
(Externally assessed exam, 40% of the total course)

Level:
GCSE

Exam board:
AQA

Description:

In GCSE Computer Science you will gain the skills to enable you to understand how to design and build apps, investigate how algorithms help create computer codes and the importance of cyber security and the ethical impacts of digital technology.
 
GCSE Computer Science helps you think about how technology is created. It allows you to understand how people work together with computers to develop world changing programmes like Facebook, Spotify and eBay. You’ll also develop the skills that colleges, universities and employers are looking for – and they’ll prove valuable for the rest of your life. GCSE Computer Science complements lots of other subjects, especially the sciences, fashion, textiles, music, maths and art and design.
 
Over the course you will cover the following:
• Computational thinking: this is the process of thinking through a complex problem, taking the time to understand what the problem is and then develop potential solutions for evaluation. These are then presented in a way that a computer, a human, or both, can understand.
• Theoretical content: here you will understand the fundamentals of data representation and computer networks. You will learn about the computer systems that you will create and use and also delve in to the world cyber security and ethical legal and environmental impacts of digital technology.
• Aspects of software development: understand how to implement and test a design to make sure it works effectively. Learn how to complete an overall evaluation to help refine the end product.
 
How will you be assessed? You will have two written exams which are 1 hour 30 minutes each. Together they contribute 100% of your overall grade. Your programming project assesses your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. The programming project does not count towards your final grade.
 
Students wishing to study Computer Science should have a GCSE Maths target grade of 6 or above.