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Level 3 ICT Technical

 

Students will develop an understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. They will investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale. The students will complete 11 units over two years with the  focus on the design, implementation and management of an organisation’s IT Infrastructure. They will  learn how to build and develop computer systems and networks that are safe and secure. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT. Communication is an integral part of any computer system. They will learn about the uses of information in the public domain and across the Internet. They will develop knowledge and understanding of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed. 

 

The reliance on computerised systems and networks to collect, process, store and transfer large amounts of data and to control critical systems such as in the health sector is crucial. The need for secure digital systems is paramount. Telecommunications enable us to keep in touch with family and friends and collaborate with colleagues at any time. Mobile devices offer us freedom and flexibility of where and how we learn and work. However, for all the advantages these systems offer us, some people have found ways to exploit them and pose a threat to our safety and security. In response, the cyber security industry is expanding at a rapid rate. This course enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on us. They will learn about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues and solutions by reviewing ways to best protect digital systems and information.

 

Exam board:

OCR

 

Number of exams

3 exams in total

  • Fundamentals of IT 90 minutes Written paper
  • Global Information 90 minutes Written paper
  • Cyber Security 1 hour Written paper

There are 8 units of coursework which are moderated by the exam board.

 

What is the structure of our curriculum?

Year 12 Year 13

Term 1

Smarter Planet

Hardware

 

Term 2

Fundamentals of IT

Hardware

 

Term 3

Global Information

Mobile Technology

 

Term 4

Revision

Mobile Technology

 

Term 5

Internet of Everything

Networks

 

Term 6

Internet of Everything

Networks

Term 1

Review of Year 12

Cyber Security

Software

 

Term 2

Cyber Security

Software

 

Term 3

IT Technical Support

Systems Analysis

 

Terms 4 and 5

IT Technical Support

Systems Analysis

 

Why is the course sequenced this way?

We begin with two pieces of coursework, one practical (Hardware) and the other contemporary (Smarter Planet). Smarter Planet allows the students to explore and develop ideas on how technology impacts on us and how it can be used to help the environment.

The students then move on to learning about the fundamentals of IT as this will be used in the remainder of the units. As there are three examined units we try to spread these out, two being sat at the end of Year 12. The first is Fundamentals of IT and the next is Global Information. At this point the next piece of coursework is introduced, Mobile Technology which explores another contemporary unit.

To finish Year 12, one of the shortest units, Internet of Everything is covered as well as one of the longest, Networks. By the end of Year 12 seven of the eleven units should have been completed.

We begin Year 13 with a review of Y12 ensuring any elements that may have not been completed are done so. The final examined unit, Cyber Security, is delivered ready for the January examination series. The more specialised units Systems Analysis and IT Technical Support are the final two units as they require knowledge and skills gained from the rest of the course.

 

How will I be assessed?

  • Regular questioning of students to cement understanding
  • For the three examined units, regular exam questions in lessons and mock exams to test knowledge, skills and understanding 
  • Practical skills tasks
  • Longer written tasks to test depth of understanding
  • Coursework is marked and moderated by the teachers and then moderated further by the exam board.

 

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