The new Level 1 and 2 in IT is designed to give learners the best start in life within the Digital Sector. The IT qualification covers 3 key elements that learners will need in their later life within the sector, these are;

  • Interface and Web Design
  • Data Analysis and Manipulation
  • Computer and Network setup and management

The aim of this programme is to show you how to effectively deliver this new Tech Award, giving you teaching tips and resource ideas to make sure what you deliver gives your students the best chance at this qualification and the best start in their Digital life.


  • Get a look at the new Tech Award and see if it fits as a replacement for CIDA
  • Understand ways of teaching all Pearson qualifications
  • Gain an insight into linking competition entry to core course delivery and how this can enhance high grade achievement
COURSE DATE London Monday 05 November 2018
London Tuesday 22 January 2019
  • Newly qualified teachers
  • Teachers new to Pearson, or new to the new Tech Awards
  • Teaching and Learning Managers with a view towards embedding changing practice
  • Centres looking for a league table alternative to CIDA
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 - 10.45am: Introduction to the Tech Award

  • Overview of the qualification and the elements underpinning it
  • Recognising achievement and placing the qualification in the national context
  • Qualification at a glance
  • What do you need to know to plan your course

10.45 – 11.00am: Discussion: coffee break


11.00 – 12.30pm: Teaching the Tech Award

  • How to teach the qualification – plans and SOW guidance
  • Resources to support the teaching of the Award
  • Linking competitions to practice
  • Quick win lesson plans and other methods of delivery
  • AAB and Pearson provided resources

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.45pm: Components Overview

  • Structured walkthrough of all 3 components highlighting ways of delivery and links to previously found content and teaching methods
  • Delegates will work in groups to answer the questions:
    • What are the key instructions to the learners in the task?
    • What are the key elements of content needed for learners to answer the task?
    • How could you teach it?

Break – will be taken within this session


2.45 – 4.00pm: Grading and Assessing

  • How the components are graded
  • How points are assigned and how these calculate the final qualification grade
  • Performance table points per grade and level
  • Internal Assessment process and Pearson QA Process

James Jackson

James has been a Computing and IT tutor for 10 years, prior to that he was a software engineer, and he has previously worked in the design industry. James brings a wealth of School and FE experience to the table having taught in both for a number of years, now he teaches PGCE students starting their journey into Computing teaching. He ran a successful IT, Computing and Games department for 7 years, taking on average 300 students a year through the BTEC. He works as a BTEC examiner and also a consultant to colleges and schools across the country, mostly due to his students winning every competition going over the past 5-10 years. He can make the ability to teach with differing materials come alive, showing new possibilities to old subjects.

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