Digital information technology

BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology has three components: Explore the sector. Develop knowledge, skills and best practices. Apply knowledge skills and practices.

These components build on each other to motivate students, helping them to put what they’ve learned into practice and grow in confidence.

Component 1 - Exploring User Interface Design Principles

In this unit students 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.

Component 2 - Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

In this unit students will understand the characteristics of data and information and how they help organisations in decision-making. They will use data manipulation methods to create a dashboard to present and draw conclusions from information

Component 3 - Effective Digital Working Practices.

In this unit students will explore how organisations use digital systems and the wider implications associated with their use.

Curriculum information

Year 9

Learning outcomes

  • Investigate user interface design.
  • Investigate design principles.
  • Investigate audience needs.
  • Design and create and develop a user interface.
  • Understand different modern technologies and their impact.
  • Cybersecurity.
  • Consideration of wider society in IT.

Topics taught

  • Threats to data.
  • Prevention and management of threats to data.
  • Policies.
  • Communication technologies.
  • Cloud storage and computing.
  • Selection of platforms and services.
  • Inclusivity and accessibility.
  • Collaborative technology.
  • Audience needs.
  • Design principles.
  • Hardware and software requirements.
  • Design of interface.
  • Creation of interfaces.

Year 10

Learning outcomes
  • Investigate user interface design for individuals and organisations.
  • Use project planning techniques to plan and design a user interface.
  • Develop and review a user interface.
  • Cyber security.
Topics taught
  • What is a user interface?
  • Audience needs.
  • Design principles.
  • Designing an efficient user interface.
  • Project planning techniques.
  • Create a project plan.
  • Create an initial design.
  • Developing a user interface.
  • Refining the user interface.
  • Review.
  • Threats to data.
  • Prevention and management of threats to data.
  • Policy.
  • Modern technologies.
  • Impact of modern technologies.

Year 11

Learning outcomes
  • Investigate the role and impact of using data on individuals and organisations.
  • Create a dashboard using data manipulation tools.
  • Draw conclusions and review data presentation methods.
  • Wider implications of digital systems.
  • Planning and communication in digital systems.
Topics taught
  • Characteristics of data and information.
  • Representing information.
  • Ensuring data is suitable for processing.
  • Data collection.
  • Quality of information and its impact on decision making.
  • Sectors that use data modelling.
  • Threats to individuals.
  • Data processing methods.
  • Produce a dashboard.
  • Drawing conclusions based on the data.
  • Making recommendations.
  • How presentation affects understanding.
  • Responsible use.
  • Legal and ethical.
  • Forms of notation.
Link to exam specification
This subject teaches you valuable life skills for new computing technologies in today's information era.
Year 10 Student