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Information Technology Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technicals at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

IT is one of the most popular qualifications/subjects offered by Holy Cross so we have decided add a further course for September 2015. IT is at the heart of everyday life, at home, work and in our leisure time from computer graphics and control systems to communications and problem-solving, IT has an ever increasing role to play. For the duration of this course you will cover many different and interesting aspects of the IT industry.

Course content

This course focuses on practical skills taught in real-life situations and is available to any students achieving 5 grade A*- C in their GCSE results, however, as report writing is included a grade A* - C in English is required. There are no formal written exams so skills developed are practical and applicable, they are also favoured by employers. You will be expected to complete coursework for each of the units (described overleaf) which are internally assessed by your teachers and externally moderated by the exam board. You will understand the skills an employer is looking for in an IT professional and understand how communication is an effective tool in industry whilst developing your own personal development needs. You will go on to understand how information is used in organisations and how databases play such an important role in the storage and retrieval of information.


Course Content for Year 1

3 units for AS (equivalent). No exams - all coursework.

  • Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT
  • Unit 2: Information Systems
  • Unit 3: Database Design

UNIT 1 - Communication and Employability skills for IT

Communication is a vital skill for any individual. The effective use of communication and flexibility of styles is a highly desirable attribute to employers to maintain good working practice. This unit identifies the principles for effective communication and introduces learners to the interpersonal skills and attributes required within a work place and how different combinations and approaches are required for a range of job roles it also identifies the different IT tools available for safe and secure communication and exchange of information within an organisation. Learners will consider approaches and adapt the way they communicate, depending on their audience.

UNIT 2 - Information Systems

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the information organisations hold and how this is valuable to an organisation. This unit will help the learner understand the legislation governing information which flows into and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it. The learner will discover that if systems are in place, and information held is correct then the communication within the organisation is a powerful tool and can give any organisation a competitive edge.

UNIT 3 – Database Design

Databases are used in every aspect of IT in today’s digital world. From your mobile phone to large database warehousing, storing details of the UK population and much more. For any student looking forward to a career in the IT industry, it’s vital to understand the storage, retrieval and manipulation of data and information using modern database technology.

This unit will provide you with the skills required to enable you to create a relational database. You will design a relational database to meet a specified user’s needs and then create the database from those designs.

You will use and create a range of features within their database such as queries, forms, reports and a user interface/navigation menu. Finally you will understand how to test relational databases, carry out improvements based on feedback and finally evaluate the design.

Future opportunities

IT skills are increasingly a necessity for many courses. The qualification allows for a number of progression routes into higher education, including a university degree, or employment. The full 2 year course is equivalent to an A Level and provides an excellent qualification in itself.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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