IT Introductory Level 3 Diploma at King Edward VI Community College
Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications that are designed to give you a work-focused alternative to A Levels. They have been designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in the areas of work that appeal to you. There are four pathways that students can choose: Data Analyst, Application Developer, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner and IT Infrastructure Technician.
You will have to complete two mandatory units: Fundamentals of IT and Global Information. Both of these are assessed through a 1½ hour exam. This will give you enough credits for the Certificate qualification (AS). If you wish to continue on to the Diploma you must complete three further units taken from a wide range of options. The pathway you choose will determine which optional units you can choose from.
The Fundamentals of IT unit aims to give students a sound understanding of IT technologies and practices and will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT. In the Global Information unit students will learn about the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organisations. The optional units cover a wide range of topics including:
- Computer Networks
- Data Analysis and Design
- Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Application Design
- Cyber Security
- Mobile Technology
- Web Design and Prototyping
- Games Design and Prototyping
- Digital Marketing
All of these units (except Cyber Security) is assessed through a portfolio of work which will be marked by your teacher. Cyber Security is assessed through a 1 hour exam.
Grade C or above in GCSE ICT or Computer Science (if taken) – student CAN take this course without having done GCSE ICT or Computer Science.
Students will learn through a mix of teacher input, student research and practical application. Most of the resources will be made available online through Google Classroom and students will be encouraged continue practical work on their own computers. For some units students will need to visit local organisations to see how they are using IT and work experience in an IT department or organisation would be highly recommended.
The great thing about Cambridge Technicals is that they still give you a choice of opportunities once you’ve completed them. The three choices open to you are: Employment, where you can put your new practical skills towards generating an income; Further education, such as a higher-level qualification at college; Higher education, such as a degree course at university.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.