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Pearson BTECNationals in InformationTechnologyDelivery GuidePearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in InformationTechnologyPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in InformationTechnologyPearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in InformationTechnologyFirst teaching 2016Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2017) in InformationTechnologyPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (2017) inInformation TechnologyFirst teaching 2017

Edexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualificationsEdexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualifications are awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding bodyoffering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked.For further information, please visit our qualification websites at www.edexcel.com,www.btec.co.uk or www.lcci.org.uk. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us using thedetails on our contact us page at qualifications.pearson.com/contact usAbout PearsonPearson is the world's leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 70countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives throughlearning. We put the learner at the centre of everything we do, because wherever learningflourishes, so do people. Find out more about how we can help you and your learners atqualifications.pearson.comReferences to third-party material made in this specification are made in good faith. Pearsondoes not endorse, approve or accept responsibility for the content of materials, which may besubject to change, or any opinions expressed therein. (Material may include textbooks,journals, magazines and other publications and websites.)All information in this specification is correct at time of publication.All the material in this publication is copyright Pearson Education Limited 2017

WELCOMEWelcome to your BTEC National delivery guideThis delivery guide is a companion to your BTEC Level 3 National specifications, AuthorisedAssignment Briefs (AABs) and Sample Assessment Materials (SAMs). It contains ideas forteaching and learning, including practical activities, realistic scenarios, ways of involvingemployers in delivery, ways of managing independent learning and how to approachassessments. The aim of this guide is to show how the specification content might work inpractice and to inspire you to start thinking about different ways to deliver your course.The guidance has been put together by tutors who have been close to the development of thequalifications and so understand the challenges of finding new and engaging ways to deliver aBTEC programme in the context of the new qualifications from 2016 and 2017.Guidance around what you will need to consider as you plan the delivery of the qualification(s)has been provided. You will find information around the structure of your course, how you maywish to build the course for your learners, suggestions for how you could make contact withemployers and information around the other support and resources available to you.Unit-by-unit guidance has been provided, which includes suggestions on how to approach thelearning aims and unit content, as well as ideas for interesting and varied activities. You willalso find coverage of assessments, including useful advice about external assessment, as wellas tips and ideas around how to plan for and deliver your assignments.You will also find a list of carefully selected resources for each unit. The lists includesuggestions for books, websites and videos that you can either direct your learners to use orthat you can use as a way to complement your delivery.We hope you will find this guidance relevant and useful.Enjoy your course!What’s newThe BTEC Level 3 Nationals 2016 and 2017 are the result of more than three years’consultation with employers, higher education institutions, and many thousands of tutors andmanagers in colleges and schools. Our aim has been to ensure that the BTEC Level 3 Nationalscontinue to allow a recognised and well-respected route into employment or higher educationby meeting the needs of these key stakeholders, and that learners continue to enjoy astimulating course of study and develop the skills and attributes that will enable them toprogress.As a result of this consultation, and on the advice of employers, higher education institutionsand most importantly of those of you who teach BTEC, some key changes have been made tothe BTEC Level 3 Nationals. These are described throughout this delivery guide and include thefollowing: Updated content and a larger proportion of mandatory content – both employersand universities said they wanted a greater consistency in coverage of the subject for BTEClearners. Employers wanted to see systematic coverage of core knowledge and skills fortheir sector, and for the Nationals to reflect up-to-date industry practice. The reintroduction of external assessment – employers were keen to see an elementof rigour and consistency across the country in terms of assessment, while highereducation institutions wanted learners to be better prepared for meeting deadlines andpreparing for formal exams, where appropriate. Both were keen to see learners applyingtheir knowledge and skills to new contexts through synoptic projects and assessments. A focus on employability skills – the BTEC approach to learning, through projects,practical assignments, group work and through simulating the world of work, has alwayssupported the development of employability skills, e.g. self-management. In the newPearson BTEC Nationals in Information Technology – Delivery GuideIssue 1 – November Pearson 20171

WELCOMENationals, the balance of cognitive and skills work has been carefully calibrated to ensurethat learners get a range of different opportunities across their course. Broader assessment in internal units – the assessment criteria for each unit arecarefully structured to set a clear level of demand. Distinction criteria encourage andrequire depth of study, including demonstration of the application of knowledge andunderstanding as well as a synoptic element for the learning aim or unit. Alignment with DfE criteria for performance measures for 16–19 year olds inEngland – all new BTECs are designed as either Applied General qualifications or TechLevels to fulfil criteria for inclusion in 2018 performance tables and funding for 16–19 yearolds and 19 learners.To support transition to the BTEC Level 3 Nationals 2017, we are providing an enhancedsupport programme with exemplar and practice materials and training. Please see the Supportand resources section for details of this support, and the link to sign up for tutor training, whichcontinues throughout the lifetime of the qualification.Notes:The specification tells you what must be taught and what must be assessed. This deliveryguide provides suggestions and ideas on how you could do this.The suggestions given in this delivery guide link with the Authorised Assignment Briefsprovided by Pearson, but they are not compulsory. They are designed to get you started and tospark your imagination.2Pearson BTEC Nationals in Information Technology – Delivery GuideIssue 1 – November Pearson 2017

CONTENTSContentsOverview4Delivery Guides as support4Significant changes for those teaching to the new 2017 specification5Structure6Overview of the Information Technology qualification suite7Making the right choices for your learners14Making contact with employers15Support and resourcesPearson BTEC Nationals in Information Technology – Delivery GuideIssue 1 – November Pearson 2017183

OVERVIEWOVERVIEWDelivery Guides as supportIn the specification, the ‘Unit content’ tells you what must be taught and the ‘Assessmentcriteria’ what must be assessed. The ‘Essential information for assessment decisions’explains what the assessment criteria mean.This delivery guide provides suggestions and ideas on how to plan and deliver thequalification, and includes a summary of recent changes.Unit-by-unit guidance has been provided, which includes suggestions on how to approachthe learning aims and unit content. Teaching, learning and formative assessment activitiesare also suggested. You will also find delivery plans to help you timetable your course andensure that your learners are well prepared for internal and external assessments.Links to carefully selected resources are provided for each unit. The lists includesuggestions for books, websites and videos, which will help you plan and deliver yourcourse. Alternatively, you may wish to direct your learners to these resources.Use the delivery guides as model templates or an interpretation on which you can baseyour own plan. Every delivery guide presents each unit as an exemplar, highlighting ITlinks to motivate tutors and learners.4Pearson BTEC Nationals in Information Technology – Delivery GuideIssue 1 – November Pearson 2017

OVERVIEWSignificant changes for those teaching to the new 2017specificationThe BTEC Level 3 Nationals 2017 contain significant changes to the previous 2010 version.These changes reflect the views and demands of IT teaching practitioners, those working inthe IT sector and government bodies with oversight of the qualifications.For those familiar with the older 2010 specification, these changes are summarised in thetable below:ChangeNew 2017Old 2010Programme NameInformation TechnologyInformation TechnologyCertificate180 GLHCertificate180 GLHQualification Names/GLHExtendedCertificate360 GLHSubsidiaryDiploma360 GLHFoundationDiploma510 GLH90 – creditDiploma540 GLHDiploma720 GLHDiploma720 GLHExtendedDiploma1080 GLHExtendedDiploma1080 GLHMandatory UnitsBetween 1 and 7 dependent onqualificationBetween 2 and 6dependent onqualificationOptional UnitsChoose from up to 14 dependenton qualificationChoose from up to 40dependent onqualification (andpathway)AssessmentInternal through assignment andup to 4 External depending onqualificationInternal only throughassignmentsPearson BTEC Nationals in Information Technology – Delivery GuideIssue 1 – November Pearson 20175

OVERVIEWStructureThe table below shows the structure of the qualifications in the Information Technologysuite of qualifications.By a clear understanding of the units and careful selection, centres can tailor the qualificationto suit the needs of their learners and the resources of the centre.6Pearson BTEC Nationals in Information Technology – Delivery GuideIssue 1 – November Pearson 2017

OVERVIEWOverview of the IT qualification suiteOne of the key factors in the development of this suite was to ensure that confidence inthe BTEC IT suite was maintained and endorsement from both higher education andemployers is a reflection of the confidence that stakeholders have in these qualifications.This is supported by the continued allocation of UCAS points.Offering these qualifications at different sizes makes them a flexible option, particularlyalongside other programmes such as A levels or Tech Levels/Applied Generals in othersubject areas.The introduction of external assessment is a positive step in improving quality as well asthe learner experience. This is particularly true in the IT sector as learners who choose towork in this sector may well continue to study for professional qualifications that lead tovendor certification and where examinations or other forms of external assessment arethe norm.In addition, the formalisation of synoptic assessment (which has been in evidence inmany centres as good practice for years) sees an end to units being taught in isolation.Learners will be able to see the connections between prior and current learning, drawingon all their developed knowledge and skills to solve IT problems.CertificateThis qualification is designed for learners who are interested in a basic introduction to thestudy of IT alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range ofhigher education courses, not necessarily in IT.Extended CertificateThis qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to thestudy of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields ofstudy, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, notnecessarily in IT.Foundation DiplomaThis qualification is designed to support learners who wish to study IT as a one year, fulltime course, or for those wishing to take it alongside another area of complementary orcontrasting study as part of a two-year, full-time study programme. If taken as part of aprogramme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A levels, itsupports progression to higher education.DiplomaThe qualification is designed to be studied over two years and carries UCAS tariff points.It meets entry requirements in its own right for some courses in information technologyor related study such as an HNC or HND in Computing, Engineering or BusinessManagement. For progression to a degree course, learners should normally study thisqualification alongside other qualifications, such as an A level or BTEC ExtendedCertificate in a different or complementary subject area.Extended DiplomaThe qualification is designed to be studied over two years and carries UCAS tariff points.It fully meets entry requirements for progression to a degree course in informationtechnology and related areas such as Digital Technology Solutions, IT Management forBusiness, Computer Networks Security or Business Computing and Entrepreneurship.Pearson BTEC Nationals in Information Technology – Delivery GuideIssue 1 – November Pearson 20177

OVERVIEWBTEC Level 3 National CertificateThe BTEC Level 3 National Certificate may be delivered as a part-time standalonecourse, possibly delivered alongside other Level 3 BTECs or A levels, for example, withMaths and/or English Level 2.There are two units for the National Certificate, both of which are mandatory: Unit 2 is externally set and examined (synoptic unit) Unit 3 is internally set and assessed. There are no other units in this qualification.It is likely that this 180 GLH qualification will be delivered in one year.Mandatory unitsExternal unitsUnit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information is a mandatory, externally assessedunit. Centres should concentrate on the necessary underpinning knowledge foundwithin Unit 2 in the Autumn term to enable learners to begin the internally assessedunit towards the end of the Autumn term and through the Spring term, picking up theremaining learning and focusing on synopticity in anticipation of the examination inJune.Internal unitsUnit 3: Using Social Media in Business is a mandatory, internally assessed unit. Thiswould be best delivered short and fat in the late Autumn and Spring terms, allowinglearners to focus on their assignments ahead of the standards verification in a timelymanner and provide them ample time to revisit Unit 2 in preparation for thatexamination in June.BTEC Level 3 National Extended CertificateThe BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is designed as a one-year, full-timecourse or as part of a two-year, full-time programme with opportunity for inclusion ofother BTEC National Level 3 courses or A levels. It consists of three mandatory andtwo optional units.There are three mandatory units for the Foundation Diploma: Unit 1 is externally set and examined (synoptic unit) Unit 2 is externally set and examined Unit 3 is internally set and assessed.In addition, one optional unit must be delivered and assessed.The choice of when each unit is delivered will be determined by the mode of study – inother words, whether it is a one-year or a two-year programme.If this is being studied as a one-year programme, it is essential for Units 1 and 2 to bedelivered first to ensure that learners can be ready to take assessment where relevantin the examination series. There is more flexibility if studied over two years as Year 1would naturally lend itself to Units 2 and 3, allowing learners a fall back option of theCertificate after one year. This also allows for the internal and external assessment tobe split over the two years. As this qualification should be taught practically, thereshould be ample opportunity for practical work that can be formally assessed duringYear 1.8Pearson BTEC Nationals in Information Technology – Delivery GuideIssue 1 – November Pearson 2017

OVERVIEWMandatory unitsExternal unitsAssessment opportunities for Unit 1: Information Technology Systems and Unit 2:Creating Systems to Manage Information are offered in both the January and June series.Delivered over 2 years, Unit 2 would also benefit from a more staggered deliveryapproach but, if being studied over one year, it would be necessary to use a ‘short andfat’ approach, with delivery in the Autumn term and assessment in the January series,allowing learners a resit opportunity, if necessary, in the June series.Unit 1 is mandatory and it is suggested that it is delivered using a ‘long and thin’approach, alongside other units. Learners following a two-year course would have multipleopportunities for entry in January and June and, if necessary, multiple resit opportunities.The more staggered approach would also give centres the opportunity to build inexamination preparation time, once internally assessed units have been completed.Internal unitsIt would probably be best to deliver Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business ‘short and fat’in the Autumn/Spring terms. This would help ensure that the assignments are availablefor standards verification in a timely manner. It would also mean that learners wouldbenefit from a more focused experience that will build skills quickly.Optional unitsLearners must choose one optional unit from Unit 5: Data Modelling or Unit 6: WebsiteDevelopment.It would probably be best to deliver these optional units ‘short and fat’ in theAutumn/Spring term if learners are following a one-year course. This would help ensurethat the assignments are available for standards verification in a timely manner. It wouldalso mean that learners would benefit from a more focused experience that will build skillsquickly. However, learners on a two-year course may benefit from delivery of these unitsin the Summer term. This could give learners longer to embed and practise the skills.BTEC Level 3 National Foundation DiplomaThe BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma is designed as a one-year, full-time courseor as part of a two-year, full-time programme with opportunity for inclusion of other BTECNational Level 3 courses or A levels. It consists of four mandatory and four optional units.There are four mandatory units for the Foundation Diploma: Unit 1 is externally set and examined Unit 2 is externally set and examined Unit 3 is internally set and assessed Unit 4 is internally set and assessed (synoptic unit).In addition, two optional units must be delivered and assessed.Mandatory unitsExternal unitsAssessment opportunities for Unit 1: Information Technology Systems and Unit 2: CreatingSystems to Manage Information are offered in both the January and June series.Unit 1 is mandatory and it is suggested that it is delivered from the start of the course andspread across the whole programme so that it can be taught alongside other units. Learnersfollowing a two-year course would have multiple opportunities for entry in January and Juneand, if necessary, multiple resit opportunities. This ‘long and thin’ approach would also givePearson BTEC Nationals in Information Technology – Delivery GuideIssue 1 – November Pearson 20179

OVERVIEWcentres the opportunity to build in examination preparation time, once internally assessedunits have been completed.Delivered over 2 years, Unit 2 would also benefit from a staggered, longer delivery approachbut, if being studied over one year, it would be necessary to use a ‘short and fat’ approach,with delivery in the Autumn term and assessment in the January series, allowing learners aresit opportunity, if necessary, in the June se

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