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Information Technology

Subject Mission Statement

To equip our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop their social, economic and technological awareness and to enrich their employability skills to help inform their choices of future pathways. We want to build awareness of cyber security to give mechanisms to help student’s combat current challenges around online behaviour.


As part of a Key Stage 4 programme, learners will be studying a broad range of GCSEs, including English, Mathematics and Science. The BTEC Tech Award suite has been designed to allow learners to draw on the knowledge and skills acquired from these subjects where relevant. When studying for a ‘BTEC’, learners can use the knowledge and skills from GCSEs generally, giving them the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to everyday and work contexts. The BTEC Tech Award suite offers a basis for further study rather than meeting all the vocational requirements needed to progress directly to a job role in a defined occupational area.

KS4 Intent Statement

Provide a successful curriculum that is suited to our student profile, balancing compulsory learning with optional pathways for sub groups or individuals, which inspire and engage students whilst keeping future choices open and developing their academic and personal resilience.
To create effective problem solvers who have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to develop their interest further and to improve their knowledge and understanding effectively.
Presenting students the opportunity to explore real business issues and how businesses work, enabling them to apply business knowledge and understanding which instigates further interest, analysis and judgement and informs choices for further learning and career pathways.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel
Qualification Title: IT - Creative iMedia
Qualification Specification Code: 603/2740/6
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Pearson Edexcel webpage for the specification.

Why should I study this course?

The BTEC Tech award is an introduction to vocational learning. It gives learners the opportunity to build skills that show an aptitude for further learning but that are also proven to be successful in building skills and motivating learners to engage fully with challenging study. It also gives a route in to a major sector and source of employment in the UK, with 1.46 million people working in digital companies and around 45,000 digital jobs advertised at any one time.

What knowledge and/or skills will I need?

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment, including:

• development of key skills in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces and creating dashboards to present and interpret data
• processes that underpin effective ways of working, such as project planning, cyber security, virtual teams and 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 and how modern information technology is evolving

What will I study in this qualification?

How will I be assessed?

Component 1 - 30% of total mark, assessed through an internal assignment
Component 2 - 30% of total mark, assessed through an internal assignment
Component 3 - 40% of total mark, assessed through scenario external assessment

Possible Career Paths

Social media specialist
Content developer
Website developer
ICT related degrees in Computer Arts, Software development for animation, website development, games design and game development Network manager
IT technician
Systems analyst
Cloud architect
Digital media


Information Technology (IT) involves the use of computers widely in industry and commerce. The UK is one of the leading digital nations, and its economy has the highest percentage of GDP involved in the digital economy in Europe. The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) shows that the digital economy includes almost 270,000 UK digital companies, and 11% of all jobs.

BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assignments. Students perform independent research alongside the case studies provided, focusing on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required for success in employment and Higher Education.

This course uses a combination of assessment styles to give students the confidence to apply their knowledge, succeed in the workplace, and have the study skills for lifelong learning. The range of vocational assessments, both practical and written, means students can show case their learning and achievements when they take their next step, whether that’s supporting applications to Higher Education courses or potential employers.

KS5 Intent Statement

To provide a successful curriculum suited to our student intake profile, balancing core learning with guided, differentiated pathways for sub-groups or individuals which inspire and engage students whilst successfully preparing them for progression at age 18 and future life as learners, employers and citizens.
To give the students a real world understanding of the use of technology in the wider world and to provide a theoretical level of knowledge in the history and inner workings of key aspects of the computer. To cultivate creative and dynamic problem solvers, both when using technology and in general, by developing the key skills of computational thinking.
To give students a deep understanding and engage learners to enhance their awareness of current affairs and key Economic and Business topics to enrich and develop their cultural capital and prepare them for a rapidly changing external environment. To equip students with the analytical and evaluative skills required to form judgments and opinions about why key decisions are taken by the government and the impact on the world around us. We want learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge to help them prepare for progression to employment, apprentices and further education.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: Edexcel Pearson National Extended Certificate
Qualification Title: IT - BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
Qualification Specification Code:
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Edexcel Pearson National Extended Certificate webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements

What will I study in this qualification?

Possible Career Paths

The BTEC qualification, when studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications, is aimed at progression to Higher Education. However, it also enables students to develop the knowledge and skills needed for entry level roles related to IT, including vocational apprenticeship roles and trainee/entry level roles, such as a Social Media Specialist, Content Developer, Web Developer or Business Analyst.

For students wanting to study for an IT-related degree, opportunities would include Undergraduate courses in Computer Arts, Software Development for Animation, Website Development, Games Design and Development and more.

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Miss Burden or Mr West

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