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ICT OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Level 3 (Double Award) at Oasis Academy Hextable

Course description

This new generation of vocational qualifications, has been developed and redefined to be aimed specifically at students aged 16+ and to be more relevant to further education.

Cambridge Technicals are targeted at students aged 16+ in either a school or FE environment. They allow for greater flexibility with the choice of units that make up the qualification and are wholly internally assessed. In addition, the Level 3 qualifications have UCAS points, supporting progression to HE.


Cambridge Technicals have been developed by building a link with the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Approach to assessment and its reputation for offering creative and inspiring vocational qualifications. This ensures that Cambridge Technicals have a clear, practical and sensible approach to assessment. OCR have worked in partnership with practising tutors/teachers, as well as industry specialists and leading employers in the development of these qualifications and the support materials, to offer students an exciting, inspiring and challenging qualification created to develop transferable skills that are essential in the workplace or for further study.

UCAS Points available:

D*D* = 280
D*D  = 260
DD    = 240
DM    = 200
MM    = 160
MP    = 120
PP    =   80

For those of you who are unsure as to what your future career could be, here are some possibilities to help you decide:

Design (Graphic Jewellery Textiles)
ICT Networking and Systems
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Course content

Unit descriptions

Communication Skills and Employment

This unit allows students to understand what an employer expects of an individual and how to communicate effectively while developing their own personal development needs.

Information Systems

This unit will ensure that students have a greater understanding of how organisations use information internally and externally. The skills gained by completing this unit will give students knowledge of the functionality of information and the ability to produce management systems.

Computer Systems

This unit aims to give students an understanding of the different components in a computer system and the skills to be able to recommend, set up and maintain computer systems for business use. Students will explore at least two types of operating systems and software. Using the knowledge gained from investigating the components and software, students will be required to recommend a range of systems to meet different users’ needs.

Managing Networks

This unit aims to give students an understanding of network management functions and the role and responsibilities of the network manager. It will also provide students with the opportunity to obtain practical experience in undertaking the position of network manager as it relates to fault diagnosis. Students will develop the effective use of the tools and technologies available to network managers. With the technologies changing daily, students need to research the emerging technologies around and find out how they could impact on network systems.

Website Production

This unit will prepare students to design, create and test a fully functioning website, while also providing essential grounding knowledge on the architecture and security issues that need to be considered. Websites need to be well designed to keep visitors returning and avoid excluding user groups by being inaccessible. Companies need to analyse the technical considerations to ensure that they do not hinder the user experience.

Spreadsheet Modelling

This unit will prepare students to design, create and test a fully functioning website, while also providing essential grounding knowledge on the architecture and security issues that need to be considered.  Websites need to be well designed to keep visitors returning and avoid excluding user groups by being inaccessible.  Companies need to analyse the technical considerations to ensure that they do not hinder the user experience.

E-Commerce

The aim of this unit is to help students understand the technologies required for an e-commerce system. They will then learn about the impact of e-commerce on an organisation and how this affects e-commerce in society. Finally, they will be required to create a plan for an e-commerce strategy. This unit will provide students with the skills to research the benefits of having an e-commerce strategy.

Project Planning with IT

The aim of this unit is to help students understand how projects are managed and to be able to plan a project using IT. They will learn how to follow the project plan and review the process that they have followed. It is recommended that students choose to develop a plan for a practical project they intend to run, or to achieve other related units within the qualification.

Developing Computer Games

This unit provides students with an understanding about different computer games and of the social impact of computer games and enables them to design, develop and test computer games. This unit will give a good insight into working within the computer gaming industry.

Computer Animation

This unit provides students with an understanding about different computer games and of the social impact of computer games and enables them to design, develop and test computer games. This unit will give a good insight into working within the computer gaming industry.

Interactive Media Authoring

This unit focuses primarily on the creation of interactive media products for a range of platforms, such as apps for mobiles or CD/ DVD ROM. There is a range of authoring tools available to use in their production and the creation of its assets. Interactivity can be included in the form of quizzes and games, using scripting languages such as Lingo or Action Script.

Web Animation for Interactive Media

This unit allows students to understand the skills that are required in the creation of an interactive animation that is designed to be delivered over the web. They will devise, plan and create their own animation using vector-based software to produce animated, interactive web content. The unit will provide students with an insight into the skills that are required in order to work in designing animations for a web design company.

 

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact your school/college careers staff.

Last updated date: 20 September 2013
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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