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Information Technology OCR Cambridge Introductory Diploma Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description

The OCR Cambridge Technicals in IT at Level 3 are designed with the workplace in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels. Vocational education is not just about results, it’s about educating people in the knowledge and skills required for employment and for the community as a whole.

Fundamentals of IT - The first mandatory units provides you with an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the fundamentals of hardware, networks and software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.

Global information - This unit will provide you with both a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter. It will also look at the flow of information on a global scale and important legal and security considerations.

In year 13 students will combine three practical units and create an e-commerce website that will enable them to meet the requirements of the following three units.

Application Design: In this unit you will explore potential ideas for a new application and develop the fundamental design for it. You will then develop the designs for an application and how users will interact with it. You will have the opportunity to present your ideas, prototype them, and gain feedback before refining your design.

Project development: The key to any product development being a success is the analysis, client review, design, testing and final acceptance. The skills that you will learn can be applied to the development of any product, large or small. You will use product development skills and work through the product development life cycle.

Web design and prototyping: Organisations are increasingly reliant on their websites to market goods or services and interact with clients and customers. In this unit you will research, design and produce an interactive, responsive website that is specific to a client’s needs. You will learn about the security risks in website design and how to minimise these threats.



Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, including Maths, English and Science. In addition ICT GCSE at a minimum grade 4, or a Pass on the IMedia course or, for students that have not followed an ICT course, a Grade 5 in Maths or English.



The course consists of five units. There are two mandatory 90GLH units that are externally assessed though an examination. There are three optional 60 GLH units, which are internally assessed by the teaching staff and then externally moderated by a OCR Visiting Moderator. All individual units are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Financial information

There may be a charge for trips or visits etc

Future opportunities

This short course offers you a specialist qualification for working in areas of Information, Communication and Technology . It could lead onto other vocational qualifications such as a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in ICT or an NVQ or Apprenticeship programmes in IT Practitioners. With further training, you could go into a job related to ICT such as a IT Technician or Software Developer. You will also find this qualification useful for entering a range of careers. The course also provides you with the basic ICT knowledge, understanding and skills that many employers are looking for.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herne Bay High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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