IT (Cambridge Technical)

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Mrs Given
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Aims of the course

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems.
  • Gain an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale
  • Understand the importance of legal and security considerations.
  • Develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients
  • Develop transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.

 

Course content

With the increase of examinations and the introduction of linear rather than modular assessment, the academic A Level route may not suit all students. Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications for students aged 16+. They are equivalent to UK A levels and are highly valued by universities, further education colleges and employers alike.

 

Assessment

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT (Year 12):

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT – 1 hour 30 mins externally assessed examination
  • Unit 6: Application Design – internally assessed coursework
  • Start Unit 9: Product Development – internally assessed coursework

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT (Year 13):

  • Unit 2: Global Information – 1 hour 30 mins externally assessed examination based upon a case study scenario.
  • Finish Unit 9: Product Development – internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 21: Website design and prototyping – internally assessed coursework

Students are able to have one resit opportunity for each externally assessed unit.  The units are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. The overall qualification is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

Career opportunities

Information technology (IT) is now integral to our lives. It helps make scientific breakthroughs and whole sectors of our economy depend on it. Used effectively, IT can transform organisations. This requires professionals with a solid understanding of technology and the environment in which organisations operate. As a result, IT employment is forecast to grow at almost twice the UK average through to 2020.

The advanced skills you will develop in IT will also be valuable in gaining many types of employment including;

  • Web designer
  • Systems analyst
  • Computer games developer
  • UX (user experience) developer
  • Software developer
  • Business analyst
  • IT consultant
  • Technical sales

This course will be delivered at Westfield school.