The purpose of this subject is to help our students to use the technology of today to prepare for the future of tomorrow. We aim to produce 21st Century learners that promote and empower communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. In a world being transformed by technology, today’s students have a wealth of opportunity to create and solve problems through learning ICT.


Lessons are delivered alongside the Design and Technology curriculum and aim to provide students with the necessary digital skills that will prepare them for GCSE subjects and future employment.

  • File Management
  • Internet Safety
  • Using eMail
  • Collaborative Working & Cloud Computing
  • Searching the Web
  • Data modelling
  • Business Documentation
  • Social Networking
  • Image manipulation and logo design
  • Creating promotional materials



Year 10 – Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Digital IT

Learners are required to complete and achieve all the components included in the qualification.


Component Number Title Assessment Type
Component 1 Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques Internal
Component 2 Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data Internal
Component 3 Effective Digital Working Practices Synopic External


The qualification consists of three components that give learners the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the digital sector and specialist skills and techniques in project planning, designing user interfaces and manipulating and interpreting data at Levels 1 and 2.

Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification.  There is one external assessment, Component 3, which provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2 and enables learning to be brought together and applied to realistic contexts.


The external assessment is taken under supervised conditions, it is then marked and a grade awarded by Pearson. Learners are permitted to resit the external assessment once during their programme by taking a new assessment.


Year 11 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications CiDA

Key features

The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications:

  • is graded at A*, A, B and C
  • is for students aged 14 years and over
  • provides opportunities for synoptic assessment
  • is available for first registration from September 2012
  • is available for first certification from June 2014
  • takes 120 guided learning hours to deliver and has 133 hours of total qualification time.
  • is equivalent in level and teaching time to one GCSE at grades A*-C.


The UK is a world leader in the creative digital industries, such as in the creation of visual effects for films and computer games. However, there is growing recognition that we need to build on and improve the UK’s capability and capacity for technical innovation and creativity in this area.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing, for example digital graphics and animations, interactive multimedia products and computer games. Our aim is to encourage learners to consider pursuing education, training and career paths which will contribute to the nation’s economic wellbeing, while achieving job satisfaction and reward.

The UK has a well-deserved reputation for producing innovation and design.

In an era in which creativity is intertwining with technology like never before, there is a danger that the UK will fail to nurture the next generation of worldclass designers. The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications has been designed to teach digital design skills and enable young people to use digital tools to express their creativity in an informed and responsible way.


This qualification aims to:

  • equip young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make, effective digital products for others to use
  • enable young people to use digital tools as a means of expression to inform, persuade and entertain
  • foster young people’s creativity and develop their independent learning skills
  • challenge young people to reflect on what they produce and strive for excellence
  • increase young people’s awareness of their responsibilities in the digital world and their respect of other people’s rights
  • equip young people with professional, real-world skills in planning, project management and communication
  • give young people the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to support future learning and exploit the creative digital industries.

Qualification Structure

Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)
Unit Mandatory unit

Students must complete this unit.

1 Developing Web Products 30
4 Game Making 90


 Key Stage 5  – Year 12/13

BTEC Nationals in ICT

There are no formal entry requirements but we expect learners to have qualifications at or equivalent to Level 2.

Learners are most likely to succeed if they have:

  • five GCSEs at good grades and/or
  • BTEC qualification(s) at Level 2
  • achievement in English and mathematics through GCSE     or Functional Skills.
 Who is this qualification for?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is intended as an Applied General qualification covering 360 GLH and equivalent in size to one A Level. It is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.

What does this qualification cover?

The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in IT systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable learners to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors.

Learners will study three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (synoptic)
  • Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business.

And one optional unit:

  • Unit 5: Data Modelling

 Key features of external assessment

Unit 1 Information Technology Systems is a scenario-based assessment. Learners show their understanding of the relationships between IT systems’ hardware and software, the way systems work individually and together, the relationship between the user and the system, use of IT systems’ issues and their impact on organisations and individuals. This is assessed by a Pearson set and marked examination.

Unit 2: Creating Information Systems to Manage Information is a task-based assessment. Learners respond to a scenario to produce an effective database design solution, test and evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of the database solution.

For more information contact the subject leader:

For more information contact the subject leader:

Mr Rob Whitney

Content updated September 2018