Introductory Diploma in IT - OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Hillview School for Girls
Cambridge Technicals are exam-free, vocationally-related qualifications that take an engaging, practical approach to learning and assessment. They are industry-relevant, and suit a broad range of learning styles and abilities. The course comprises of various ICT skills-based units which are assessed as coursework portfolios. There are no examinations.
There are six units in the National Certificate – two of which are compulsory and four of which are optional.
Compulsory Units are in ‘Communication and Employability Skills for ICT’ and ‘Information Systems’.
There is then a choice of four optional units, which include E-Commerce, Spreadsheet Modelling, Website Creation and Social Media for Business.
Three units are completed in Year 12, and the remaining three in Year 13.
Students are encouraged to work as part of a team and also to develop independent learning skills. The course is tailored towards IT skills which are used in industry and so the focus is on the practical application of IT software skills and project management, working towards creating systems and solving problems by the use of computers. All units are assessed via a portfolio of coursework assignments and evidence of practical work and skills developed.
General entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 in both English and Maths together with 3 other GCSE grades at Grade 4 or above (A*-C).
Students will need to have achieved the subject-specific entry requirements, which for the Introductory Diploma in IT is Grade 4 or above in GCSE ICT or computer Science.
The course is suitable for anyone who wishes to pursue further study or a career in which a broad range of advanced IT skills would be useful. This course does carry UCAS points for those students who wish to go into Higher Education.
Links to other subjects
Business Studies, Media Studies – although studying ICT will also build on the content of many other subjects in the Sixth Form.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hillview School for Girls directly.