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Information Technology Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Course description

This qualification is equivalent to an A Level and is designed for learners who want to continue their education through applied learning, developing their knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and global information systems.    Almost all occupations and industries rely heavily on effective ICT. Choosing to study this subject will provide you with an opportunity to understand the factors involved in developing and managing effective and efficient ICT systems used in today's digital world. You will study how and why organisations & individuals use technology using a range of software and hardware. The course develops project management, problem solving, organisation, and creative and technical ICT skills.   Achievement of this qualification can support progression to relevant higher education courses in Computing and IT, Computing Science, Software Developments, Software Engineering, ICT and Computer Networks or Business Information Systems. Also, as the Cambridge Technical Certificates have been developed with leading companies within the IT industry, achievement of this qualification can also support learners with the aim of becoming an attractive candidate for many job roles in a variety of sectors. It is a subject that combines well with a variety of other Level 3 subjects, especially Art, Business, Computer Science, Economics and Media Studies. 

Course content

Course Details Learners will take five units to achieve this qualification. There are three mandatory units that are externally assessed by examination. These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global Information and Cyber Security. The first two mandatory units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale and important legal and security considerations. The third mandatory unit reflects an important development in the sector around information security and requires learners to consider how data should be protected and the response of the IT sector to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism. The optional units assessed by coursework include Project management, Product development, Systems analysis and design and the Internet of Everything. All units assist in the development of transferrable skills such as communication and problem solving. The optional units encourage the development of time management, research and analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills.   The Extended Certificate is assessed using a combination of external assessment and internal assessment. Every unit achieved will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.  In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted. 

Subject specific GCSE requirements: General Sixth Form entry requirements. Examination Board: AQA 

Further information

From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:

Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme

Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)

Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.

All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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