"The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals is to develop students as independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of employers and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and improve the career prospects of those who take them. The aims of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Digital Technologies are: ● to give students the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to achieve high performance in the national and international digital technologies environment ● to develop students with enquiring minds, who have the abilities and confidence to work across different digital technologies functions and to lead, manage, respond to change, and tackle a range of complex digital technologies ● to provide the core skills required for a range of careers in digital technologies, including cyber security, software development, data analytics, networking, animation, software testing, business analysis and change management ● to offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic ambitions ● to develop students’ understanding of the major impact that digital technologies have on the business environment ● to provide insight into digital technology operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a global marketplace ● to equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values ● to allow flexible study to meet local and specialist needs. The Level 4 units lay the foundation of learning by providing a broad introduction to digital technologies and to a range of digital technology specialist functions. This develops and strengthens core skills, while preparing students to study specialist subjects at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility. Students will gain a wide range of knowledge tied to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop vocational behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and the workplace. After studying a Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Digital Technologies students will have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of digital technology. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as general skills and qualities relevant to key areas of digital-technology-related business."
Professional Practice in the Digital Economy, Innovation & Digital Transformation, Cyber Security, Programming, Big Data & Visualisation, Cloud Fundamentals, Website Design & Development, Management in the Digital Economy Optional modules: to be confirmed
"Guided learning hours These are the hours where a tutor is present to give specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied. Guided learning hours include lectures, tutorials and supervised study in, for example, open learning centres and learning workshops. They also include supervised assessment activities such as invigilated exams, observed assessments and observed work-based practice. ● The total guided learning hours for Higher National Certificate (HNC) = 480 hours. ● The total guided learning hours for Higher National Diploma (HND) = 960 hours. Some examples of activities that can contribute to guided learning include: ● classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor ● work-based learning supervised by a tutor ● a live webinar or telephone tutorial with a tutor ● live e-learning supervised by a tutor, and ● all forms of assessment guided or supervised at the time by a tutor or other education or training provider. This includes where the assessment is competence- based and turned into a learning opportunity. Independent learning hours These are the hours where a student is learning without the direct guidance of a member of centre staff. They are critical to the student’s ability to develop knowledge and skills, as well as providing them with the opportunity to develop key transferrable skills such as self-discipline, time management and self-motivation. Some examples of activities that can contribute to independent learning include: ● self-directed research and investigation ● reading set texts or other sources of information ● watching subject-related videos as part of investigation and research ● reviewing recordings of scheduled sessions or notes from those sessions ● peer activities, such as group meetings and online discussions, where students explore their learning together, and ● reviewing and recording thoughts on their own learning. ● The total independent learning hours for Higher National Certificate (HNC) = 720. ● The total independent learning hours for Higher National Diploma (HND) = 1,440."
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with a minimum of 5.5 in each band|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||with the following minimum scores: Reading: 18 Writing: 17 Listening: 17 Speaking: 20|
|PTE Academic||59||with no less than 59 in any band|
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||grade C in tests prior to 2015 with no less than 'weak' in any band|
We may accept other high school English qualifications if you are applying for an undergraduate degree. Please contact us at [email protected] to clarify.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£7950||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£7950||Year 1|