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IT (OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate) at Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College

Course description

180 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – equivalent to one AS Level in terms of size.

2 x 90 GLH units – all units externally examined.

The course will provide learners with the opportunity through applied learning to develop core principles and specialist knowledge and understanding required in the IT sector.

Course content

Unit 1 - Fundamentals of IT  90 GLH

1 hour 30 minutes written paper

Section A comprises multiple choice questions.

Section B comprises short answer and extended response questions.

OCR set and marked.

Topics covered in this unit include:

  1. Understand computer hardware - Computer hardware; Computer components; Types of computer system; Connectivity methods; Communications hardware; Hardware troubleshooting, Units of measurement; Number systems; Number conversion.
  2. Understand computer software - Types of software; Applications software; Utility software; Operating systems; Functions; Benefits and limitations; Communication methods; Software troubleshooting; Protocols.
  3. Understand business IT systems - Types of servers; Virtualisation; Networking characteristics; Connectivity methods; Business systems.
  4. Understand employability and communication skills used in an IT environment - Communication skills; Communication technology; Personal attributes; Ready for work; Job roles; Professional bodies; Industry certification.
  5. Understand ethical and operational issues and threats to computer systems - Ethical issues; Operational issues; Threats; Physical security; Digital security; Safe disposal of data and computer equipment.

Unit 2 - Global Information 90 GLH 

1 hour 30 minutes written paper

Section A comprises short answer and extended response questions based on a pre-released case study.  A new case study is released for each examination series and will include research prompts which learners will need to respond to prior to the external assessment.

Section B comprises short answer and extended response questions.  These questions will not relate to the pre-released case study.

OCR set and marked.

Topics covered in this unit include:

  1. Understand where information is held globally and how it is transmitted - Holders of information; Types of information storage media; Types of information access and storage devices; The internet; World Wide Web (www) technologies; Information formats; Advantages and Disadvantages.
  2. Understand the styles, classification and the management of global information - Information styles and their uses; Information classification; Quality of information; Information management.
  3. Understand the use of global information and the benefits to individuals and organisations - Data versus information; Categories of information used by individuals; Categories of information used by organisations; Stages of data analysis; Data analysis tools; Information system structure.
  4. Understand the legal and regulatory framework governing the storage and use of global information - UK legislation and regulation relating to the storage and use of information; Global information protection legislation and regulation; Green IT.
  5. Understand the process flow of information - Information sources and data types; Data flow diagrams (DFDs).
  6. Understand the principles of information security - Principles of information security; Risks; Impacts; Protection measures; Physical protection; Logical protection.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 18 July 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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