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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate / Introductory Diploma in IT at The Rodillian Academy

Course description

Year 12: (Completion of these three units will result in a ‘Certificate’ award)
Mandatory Units:
Unit 1: Communication and employability skills for IT. 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.
Unit 2: 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.
Optional Units. 
Unit 12: 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.
Year 13: (Completion of these three additional units will result in an ‘Introductory Diploma’ award)
Unit 3: Computer Systems. The purpose of this unit is to prepare the learners to undertake part of the role of IT technician. They will investigate a range of hardware components including looking at the technical specifications and how the components work together in a computer system. They will explore at least two types of operating systems and software utility programmes. With the knowledge gained from investigating the components and software the learners will be required to recommend a range of systems to meet different user needs.
Unit17: Interactive Media Authoring. This unit focuses primarily on the creation of interactive media products. Learners will study the principles of interactive media authoring before planning and creating their own product.
Unit 43: Understanding Social Media for Business. The aim of the unit is to give learners the understanding of what social media is, the scope and impact it has, how it is evolving and the opportunities these platforms provide to businesses when promoting themselves or utilising consumer information. By reviewing business practice the learners will be able to identify how to improve service and customer delivery, raise awareness of business and products/services  and improve market intelligence to develop a competitive advantage.

Course content

Year 12: (Completion of these three units will result in a ‘Certificate’ award)
Mandatory Units:
Unit 1: Communication and employability skills for IT. 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.
Unit 2: 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.
Optional Units. 
Unit 12: 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.
Year 13: (Completion of these three additional units will result in an ‘Introductory Diploma’ award)
Unit 3: Computer Systems. The purpose of this unit is to prepare the learners to undertake part of the role of IT technician. They will investigate a range of hardware components including looking at the technical specifications and how the components work together in a computer system. They will explore at least two types of operating systems and software utility programmes. With the knowledge gained from investigating the components and software the learners will be required to recommend a range of systems to meet different user needs.
Unit17: Interactive Media Authoring. This unit focuses primarily on the creation of interactive media products. Learners will study the principles of interactive media authoring before planning and creating their own product.
Unit 43: Understanding Social Media for Business. The aim of the unit is to give learners the understanding of what social media is, the scope and impact it has, how it is evolving and the opportunities these platforms provide to businesses when promoting themselves or utilising consumer information. By reviewing business practice the learners will be able to identify how to improve service and customer delivery, raise awareness of business and products/services  and improve market intelligence to develop a competitive advantage.

Entry requirements

Year 12:
Students must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above from different subjects, including English and Maths.  Merit grade in the Level 2 ICT courses is also required.
Year 13:
Students must successfully complete all of the Year 12 units studied in order to continue with this course in Year 13.

Assessment

This is done through coursework completed in all 6 units that are internally marked and externally assessed. There are no examinations for the current specification.

Future opportunities

This qualification is a vocationally-related course that provides progression to further study in Higher Education or careers in the IT sector.

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 2014
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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