The Cambridge Technical in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. This qualification aims to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector and investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations. This course will also include significant employer involvement in the delivery of content which will enrich learning. At this stage it is anticipated that pupils will undertake a range of workshops or placements with well-known local and national companies.
In Year 12 students will complete the Technical Certificate which is equivalent to one AS level in terms of UCAS points. Students will complete two compulsory units which are externally examined.
The units are:
Fundamentals of IT
A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. 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.
The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the Internet, by individuals and organisations. Students will discover that good management of both data and information is essential and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge
Students moving onto Year 13 will complete an additional 3 units which will then be the equivalent of a full A-Level in terms of UCAS points. One of the units, Cyber Security is compulsory and is externally examined. The two remaining units are optional and portfolio based.
This unit has been designed to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations.
Students will need to devote a significant amount of time to a range of extended learning tasks that will include research activities, portfolio based tasks and practice exam questions.
level 3 Sixth Form
Mr. S. Greenwood