What will I learn?
In unit 1, Information Technology systems, you will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals.
In unit 2, Creating systems to manage information, you will examine the structure of data and its origins, and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database. You will examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system. You will then test your solution to ensure that it works correctly. Finally, you will evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of your database solution. To complete the assessment tasks within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme.
In unit 3, Using social media in business, you will explore different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes. You will develop a plan to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and objectives. You will then implement the plan, developing and posting content and interacting with others. Finally, you will collect data on the business use of social media and review the effectiveness of your efforts.
Minimum of three GCSE grade 4 or above ( grade C) including EITHER English Language or Mathematics
The Units covered in Year 12:
Unit 1: Using social media in Business – Internally assessed coursework
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information – Externally set and assessed 10 hour controlled assessment.
The Units covered in Year 13:
Unit 3: Information Technology Systems – External 2 hour written exam
Unit 6: Website Development. – Internally assessed coursework
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for learners who wish to learn through applied learning techniques, therefore applying learning which will be directly beneficial for the workplace or future studies in the digital IT Industry. You will need to have a strong interest in IT and the digital world today.
Studying BTEC Nationals in IT builds a good foundation for a range of career options including:
Starting up your own business
Being self employed
Joining the IT industry
Examination board: Pearson