This fully updated course demonstrates practically a range of innovatory and engaging techniques for teaching internal and external units of BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Information Technology.

This course is designed to give all teachers a thorough grounding in what to expect, practical, effective strategies for teaching the course and will also focus on feedback from the latest internal and external assessed units.

There will be opportunities throughout the day for discussion, and to ask questions. You will leave the course with a range of strategies which can be used straight away back in school. This course is designed to support and assist with the delivery and management of the course. The course will enable teachers to leave feeling confident in their ability to start to teach BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Information Technology (Level 3).


  • Develop planning and delivering the course, including differentiated approaches, assessment and resources
  • Discuss exam board feedback from the previous external and internal units
  • Develop a range of strategies to improve every student’s subject knowledge and exam performance
  • Improve understanding of the key elements of the written exam
  • Find out how to develop literacy for the BTEC student
COURSE DATE London Monday 03 December 2018
  • Teachers who are new to BTECs
  • NQTs and those teaching BTEC IT for the first time
  • Non-specialist teachers who are teaching CBTEC IT
  • Senior leaders with the responsibility of line managing a new BTEC IT course
  • Existing and aspiring Heads of Computer Science and ICT departments
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.15am: Exploring the content requirements of the BTEC IT

  • How to get to grips with the units and the subject content
  • Understanding the grading: what does it take to get a Pass, Merit or Distinction?
  • When and what to assess?

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.45pm: Feedback from the previous series

  • Consider learner responses to questions and/or tasks
  • Identify and share practice in planning for externally assessed units
  • Identify common issues and strategies to be successful

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: How to prepare students for the high mark, extended answer questions

  • Structure of high mark questions: exemplar material
  • Strategies to improve students’ literacy in order to be successful with these questions
  • How to give students the skills they need to access the high marks available
  • Embedding outstanding teaching to fully prepare students

2.45 – 3.30pm: How to prepare all students for success

  • What is the role of the teacher in a BTEC Classroom?
  • Strategies to improve each student’s ability to work independently on Assignment Briefs
  • How to differentiate successfully so that all abilities can meet and beat target grades

3.30 – 3.45pm: Final plenary and departure

  • Summary
  • Final opportunity to ask questions arising from the day

Matt Hogan

Matt has been Head of Computer Science and ICT departments in Cheshire schools for over 17 years, working across five very different schools. He leads training sessions for primary and secondary teachers throughout the UK and is a Pearson National Trainer. Matt is currently teaching Computer Science at Alderley Edge School for Girls and has experience as an assistant examiner for AQA. He is an Apple Teacher with Swift Playground recognition alongside being a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator and is an Associate Member of the British Computing Society.

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