Subject Overview

Space Studio West London recognises that we live in a world where technology plays a vital role in modern business, being part of everything we do from the videos we watch to the food we consume or the way our doctor surgery communicates with us. Therefore, understanding how computers work and learning to use them in a safe and supportive environment is of paramount importance if our students are to be successful in the digital world.

Our teachers enable students to become comfortable and confident users of technology whilst also appreciating its dangers when these are not used appropriately. At the same time, they encourage students to take risks and be critical thinkers through activities that promote self and peer valuation and make connections between different ideas.

At Space Studio West London students learn to solve complex, challenging problems, using skills that they can transfer to the real world and which will enable them to make a positive difference to the lives of others and the environment.

Years 10 & 11
Students can choose to follow:

  • ​Pearson BTEC Tech Awards in Digital Information Technology
  • Digital skills are essential in almost all jobs in the UK today and span over all industries.
  • Therefore, employees are now expected to have a good level of digital literacy. To equip students with the skills necessary to compete in this ever changing world, Space Studio
  • West London offers the BTEC in Digital Information Technology Level 2 (Pearson).

The BTEC course comprises of three components:

  • Component 1 and 2 are internally assessed via assignments which are then externally moderated.
  • Component 3 is an external exam set by the exam board.
  • In component 1 students use project planning tools to design user interfaces. Students explore different types of interfaces, consider design and accessibility techniques, they discuss user, software/hardware and accessibility requirements, plan their user interfaces using Gantt charts, mood boards and storyboards and then design the actual interfaces following these planning tools.

In component 2 students discuss and evaluate the use of primary and secondary data sources and then analyse data through the development of dashboards in Excel using pivot tables and charts.

The external exam comprises of a scenario-based 1hr and 30 min written exam where students show their knowledge by proposing solutions to realistic situations. Topics include cloud computing, collaboration tools, accessibility and inclusivity, how modern technologies impact on an organisation, cyber security, interpreting data flow diagrams and system diagrams and creating flow charts.

The following are some of the jobs these qualifications may lead to:

  • Business analyst
  • Data or Cybersecurity analyst
  • Database administrator
  • First line support
  • IT consultant
  • Junior designer
  • Software developer
  • Software tester

BTEC ICT Year 10

BTEC ICT Year 11

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