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Course Description

This course is for learners who want to acquire sector-specific applied knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying project planning, data management, data interpretation, data presentation and data protection. Here are some reasons why studying this course would be important:

  • The course is designed to equip students with practical skills that can be applied in real-world situations – students will learn how to use a variety of software tools and platforms to create digital products, such as websites, apps, and multimedia presentations.
  • In today’s digital age, it’s essential for students to be technologically literate. This course will help students understand how technology works and its impact on society.
  • Studying this course will encourage students to think outside the box and develop their ideas. They’ll learn how to use technology to bring their concepts to life and communicate their messages effectively.

This Tech Award complements the learning in GCSE programmes such as GCSE Computer Science. It is an introduction to the application of project planning techniques to plan, design and develop a user interface, how to collect, present and interpret data and the use of digital systems.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification is made up of three components:

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques and Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data are assessed through non-exam internal assessment (coursework project). They are each worth 30% of the final grade.

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices requires learners to apply decision-making skills and techniques in line with different organisations’ use of digital systems and the wider implications associated with their use. This is a synoptic component which builds directly on Components 1 and 2 and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation. It is assessed by an external exam and worth 30% of the final grade.

What will I learn?

Component

Content

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles

In this component, you will learn different project planning techniques that can be used  to plan and deliver a project that meets a set of user requirements. You will learn the different design principles that can be used to design effective user interfaces and apply appropriate project planning techniques to create a user interface that meets user requirements.

Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

In this component, you will learn the different data manipulation tools that can be  used to change the way that data is presented. You will provide clear summaries of the data and present them in a dashboard that will allow organisations to make effective decisions. You will learn the different presentation features that can be used to ensure that information is understood clearly in an objective way so that it is not misinterpreted. You will develop your understanding of how to represent information in different ways to give it more meaning.

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices

This component will give you an opportunity to explore how the developments in technology over recent years have enabled modern organisations to communicate and collaborate more effectively than ever before. The component is designed to allow you to explore the digital systems available to organisations and how their features have an impact on the way organisations operate. You will explore how developments in technology have led to more inclusive and flexible working environments, and how regulation and ethical and security concerns influence the way in which organisations operate. 

You will analyse information in a range of vocational contexts so that you develop a greater understanding of the use of digital systems by organisations and so that you are able to make reasoned judgements on the systems. 

In this component, you will learn about how organisations can use technology safely and about the cyber security issues when working in a digital organisation.

What could I do next?

Digital skills are in high demand across industries, and studying this course can prepare students for a variety of careers in technology. They could pursue roles in web development, digital marketing, data analysis, or software engineering, among others.

Upon successful completion of this course, students may wish to progress on to the T Level Digital Course that we offer at post-16.

Related careers that don’t require a degree in Digital Information Technology but still involve technology include being a Technical Writer, Digital Project Manager, or User Experience (UX) Designer. Careers in marketing, communications, or design, would make good use of the digital skills obtained from this course.