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Digital Technology and Computing

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Explore a wide range of information and creative technology topics. Develop visual, technical and practical skills using computer software and computer programming and networking skills to help progress onto further study or into creative media or IT roles.

Most of the information received in society is communicated via the computer based media. Information and creative technology teaches the skills needed to use software effectively as well as having a good understanding of how computers work and how to programme them to produce the latest interactive media systems.

Units covered may include the following:

  • Audio Visual
  • Video Making
  • Image Manipulation
  • Network Skills
  • Programming
  • Understanding the Digital World

Students will also complete a skills project which to build confidence and employability skills. This also covers subjects such as equality and safeguarding, which are designed to broaden knowledge and help with employment potential.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSE passes at grade 3 or above, preferably to include Maths and English or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 1.


Students must demonstrate a keenness to learn new digital techniques.


BTEC First Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology


Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units.

Home Study

Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre in order to successfully complete this programme. Students will also need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the media industry. It is expected that students will need to spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on course work outside of normal class time.

Work Placement

Students will be expected to complete some work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.


Successful students will have the opportunity to progress onto the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Interactive Media, IT or an apprenticeship.

Fees and Additional Costs

At times students will be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows or to attend location sites and these may require students to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended.

Additional Information

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