Unit in brief
Learners study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in
personal and professional situations.
Unit introduction
Information technology (IT) systems play a significant role in the world around us.
They play a key part in almost everything we do. They give individuals and organisations
opportunities to access goods, information and services from around the world to an
extent not possible before. Having a sound understanding of how to select and use
appropriate IT systems will benefit you personally and professionally.
You will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an
IT system. You will look at the way that systems work individually and together, as well as
the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the
use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and their stakeholders.
You will explore how IT systems enable organisations to access data, information and
users locally and globally.
This unit will give you a fundamental understanding of all areas of IT, supporting your
progression to an IT-related higher education course.
To complete the set assignment in this unit, you will need to draw on, and apply,
your learning from across key content areas.

Unit in brief
Learners explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and
services internationally. Learners also implement social media activities in a business to
meet these demanding requirements.
Unit introduction
Social media websites are a popular way for people to communicate and share
information internationally and with friends and family. Around the world people spend
a lot of time on social media websites and they give businesses opportunities to interact
with people, for example to promote their business internationally, to encourage people
to visit their e-commerce site and buy, and to provide customer service. You may be
familiar with social media for personal use and in this unit you will discover how it can be
used in a business context.
You will explore different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and
the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes. You will develop a plan
to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and
objectives. You will then implement the plan, developing and posting content and
interacting with others. Finally, you will collect data on the business use of social media
and review the effectiveness of your efforts.
Understanding how to use social media for business purposes is useful for employment
in information technology and in a variety of business sectors. Also, social media skills
are closely linked with web and mobile applications development. This unit gives you a
starting point for progression to roles such as social media specialist, content developer
and web developer.

Unit in brief
Learners investigate website development principles. They will design and develop a
website using scripting languages.
Unit introduction
Increasingly, international organisations rely on websites to serve customers and, in
some cases, to generate revenue. With millions of web pages being created daily, the
need for websites to be engaging, innovative and desirable is important. As a website
developer, you must use sophisticated techniques to capture user interest and to ensure
that customers are served. The scripting involved in the development of websites has
become crucial: website developers need to understand and acquire the necessary skills
to find solutions to a variety of scenarios and problems.
In this unit, you will review existing websites – commenting on their overall design and
effectiveness. You will use scripting languages such as Hypertext Markup Language
(HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript® and a simple text editor, or rapid
application development tools. Finally, you will reflect on the website design and
functionality using a testing and review process.
Many software developers, database experts and systems managers need web-client
development skills as an integral part of their overall portfolio of expertise. This unit
will prepare you for employment as a website developer or as a website development
apprenticeship. The unit will benefit you if you want to go on to higher education to
develop your studies.