Sigma Sixth Tendring Course Guide

BTEC LEVEL 3 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY “Preparing students to be digital learners, ready for the next generation” Through our curriculum at Sigma Sixth we aim to give our students the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want our students to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and we want them to know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study ICT. We want students to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. CURRICULUM STATEMENT • Relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. • Issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals. • Structure of data and its origins, and howan efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database. • Develop an effective design solution to produce a database system and test the solution to ensure that it works correctly. Evaluating at each stage of the development process to test the effectiveness of the database solution. • Explore different social media websites, how they are used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes. Develop a plan to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and objectives. Implementation, development, posting content, interactions and a review of the business strategy and the effectiveness. • Investigate the fundamentals of thedecision-makingprocess. Discover howusing data modelling provides the computational ability to compare consequences, and determine a preferred course of action. • Develop skills and techniques necessary to create complex spreadsheets in order to produce accurate information that informs decision making. Examination of a scenario followed by design, development and test of a spreadsheet and refining based on feedback, providing an evaluation of the effectiveness of the alternatives produced. • Discover how data-modelling can be used to solve problems. COURSE CONTENT Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and maths. ENTRY CRITERIA