IT (information Technology)
Level 3 entry requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 including maths and English. The level 2 course requires the general level 2 vocational entry requirements.
What will I study
This course is the new Cambridge Technical in IT. There are three compulsory units and two optional units chosen to match the strengths of the teacher and the students.
The compulsory units are:
Fundamentals of IT: This is aimed at developing a sound understanding of IT technologies and practices. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT.
Global Information: This unit is designed to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organisations. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential, and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge.
Cyber security: This unit has been designed to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations. You will learn about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents resulting from these challenges.
This course is made up of three mandatory units and an optional unit. IT covers:
Essentials of IT: starting with the different forms of hardware and software components and how to up install and upgrade these.
Essentials of cyber security: understand the need for cyber security, what the impact is of cyber attack and how businesses and individuals can reduce risk.
Using data analysis software: understand the data used by businesses, the software used to analyse data and how to report on findings
Either emerging technologies or using social media for business.
How will I be assessed?
All compulsory units will be assessed through externally set and marked exam papers which include a short answer section and a section of extended questions.
This is worth 60% of the overall marks. The remainder of the assessment is through internally assessed coursework.
External examination with multiple choice question types including reordering statements, true and false questions, linking boxes and selecting multiple responses. This is worth 50% of the overall marks.
The remainder of the assessment is through internally assessed coursework.
Is this subject for me?
You will have the ability to analyse problems in computational terms. You most likely will have tried creating programmes of your own to solve problems. It is helpful to have the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
If you are interested in learning more about information technology and developing skills which are easily transferable to a range of business settings then this is the subject for you.
The courses covers a wide range of IT skills which employers demand in the modern workplace.
As a Cambridge Technical subject there is an element of employer involvement in various parts of the course.
The level 2 course is for those students who have just missed out on the grades required to take level 3. It is a good choice to go alongside the Cambridge Technical Business Studies level 2 course. It covers basic skills and knowledge of Information Technology in a business context and is good preparation for level 3 courses.
Where can this lead me?
This course has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education studies or employment where knowledge of computing would be beneficial. There is a huge demand for people with IT and computing skills. Students can study computing and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science.
The knowledge and skills gained will help prepare you for further relevant industry qualifications or apprenticeship in the field of either IT or business.
What else is there?
On this course we connect with a number of universities, and visits may include university computer science faculties and software development centres, places of historic interest in computer science such as Bletchley Park.
We will alslo connect you with local businesses to see how IT is used and you can get the chance to spend some time working in business to apply your skills and knowledge.