This qualification 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.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including English.

What will I study?

Equivalent to:

  • 1 A-Level

Awarding Body:

  • Pearson Education Ltd

Course Content:

  • Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (synoptic). Learners study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
  • Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information. Learners study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.
  • Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business. Learners explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Learners also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.

This qualification includes a choice from these optional units:

  • Unit 5: Data Modelling. Learners study how data modelling can be used to solve problems. They will design and implement a data model to meet client requirements.
  • Unit 6: Website Development. Learners investigate website development principles. They will design and develop a website using scripting languages.

Exam Outline:

Unit 1 – Written examination, set and marked by Pearson.  90 marks. Two hours.

Unit 2 – A task set by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.  The supervised assessment period is 10 hours arranged over a number of sessions in a 1 week assessment period timetables by Pearson.  Completed using a computer, and submitted electronically.  66 marks.


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