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IT Cambridge Technicals Level 3 at YThe

Course description

The Cambridge Technicals Level 3 IT course is equivalent to one A-level.  

Studying IT at The Netherhall Sixth Form Centre will enable you to develop a wide range of IT skills. You will not only gain theoretical IT knowledge but also design and create practical solutions to real life situations, giving you a diverse range of expertise.

 

 

Course content

Fundamentals of IT

Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT.  After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the additional units.

Cyber Security

We rely on computerised systems and networks to collect, process, store and transfer vast amounts of data and to control critical systems such as water and power supplies.  Business and ecommerce can be undertaken twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and telecommunications enable us to keep in touch with family and friends and collaborate with colleagues at any time.

For all the advantages that these systems offer us, some people have found ways to exploit them and this poses a threat to our safety and security in the real world, as much as in the cyber world.

This unit has been designed to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations.

Global Information

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the Internet, by individuals and organisations. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential, and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge. The skills gained by completing this unit will give you knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn about how individuals use information of various types.

2 Project Units

These two units will be based on different scenarios where you will be given a set of related tasks with a common purpose or work-relevant reason for you to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills.

The work-relevant reason could be a scenario, a case study or brief that sets out the circumstances or reasons for completing the tasks. 

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.

 

Assessment

All units have equal weightings.

Fundamentals of IT

  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 80 marks
  • Section A comprises multiple choice questions
  • Section B comprises short answer and extended response questions

Global Information

  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 80 marks
  • Section A comprises short answer and extended response questions based on a pre-released case study
  • Section B comprises short answer and extended response questions. These questions will not relate to the pre-released case study

Cyber Security

  • 1 hour written paper
  • 60 marks
  • Section A comprises short answer and extended response questions based on a pre-released case study
  • Section B comprises short answer and extended response questions and will focus on the theme (i.e. personal or corporate) that is not covered in the pre-released case study

Two Project units

Each unit has 4 learning outcomes, which need to be met at either Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

Future opportunities

If you choose to study IT, you will improve your employability and it will facilitate you to progress into Further or Higher Education.  IT offers opportunities to develop the skills demanded by employers in the UK today such as:

  • Planning
  • Research and analysis
  • Working with others
  • Effective communication

Further information

Contacts for further information:

Mrs L Negri:  lnegri@netherhallschool.org
Miss S Pascoe:  spascoe@netherhallschoool.org

Delivery:  Full-time


Open Evening:  17 October 2017

Application Deadline:  10 January 2018 

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: 26 September 2017
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