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Information technology

This course features refreshing and exciting content that is up to date, engaging, fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of students in the 21st century. Students will develop professional, personal and social skills throughout the course as well as theoretical knowledge.

Many employers, regardless of which sector, require employees to problem-solve, possess analytical and thinking skills and also have a sound working knowledge of IT systems and processes at work within their organisation. Studying this course can equip students to stand out from the crowd when applying for positions later in life.  

Why study information technology?

Technical IT will allow students to understand in more depth the basic fundamentals of IT, which in a world heavily reliant on IT offers many valuable and vital skills to students. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations – all of which can aid future employment and allow students to stand out from the crowd when looking into apprenticeship opportunities in related fields.

Qualification

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Information Technology

Awarding body

OCR

Entry requirements

Pass in English and maths, 5 or more grades at 5+ (this can include English and maths), if IT or computing has been studied at KS4 a Merit or grade 5 is required.

Year 12

Fundamentals of IT – (exam) Information learnt in this unit will create a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.

Global information – (exam) The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet.

Internet of everything – (coursework) The use of the Internet and how it is impacting people and society

Year 13

Computer networks – (coursework) This unit will give you the practical ability to plan, implement and maintain computer networks.

Mobile technology – (coursework) This unit will broaden your knowledge and understanding of the wider potential of mobile technologies and its consequences to people and businesses.

Assessment

Students will undertake two written exams at the end of the two-year period of study – these are externally assessed. Students will also complete coursework throughout their studies which will contribute to their final grade.

Technical IT has broadened my understanding of how we use technology, not only in business but in everyday situations. The course has opened doors to many opportunities both at university and future apprenticeships.
Year 13 student