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Overview

This qualification aims to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills within the area of IT and Information Systems. Students will gain a valuable insight into the IT sector and explore areas such as the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of cyber security and legal considerations. The vocational nature of this course gives students hands-on opportunities to design, build and test a range of applications across different platforms.

What goes well with this course?

Information Technology goes well with a wide range of subjects including:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Maths

Course Content

The Information Technology course covers five main topics:

Fundamentals of IT

Students will gain an understanding of IT technologies and practices and explore the principles of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.

Global Information

In this unit, students will explore the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organisations. Students will examine how data is stored and processed and understand the legislation and regulation governing information..

Application Design

In this unit, students will generate ideas for a new application and develop the design for it.

Games Design and Prototyping

Students will develop skills in designing and developing a prototype for a simple game.

Web Designing and Prototyping

In this unit students will research, design and produce an interactive responsive website that meets a need. Students will learn about security risks within website design and how to minimise these risks.

Educational Experiences

Information Technology students have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • A talk on Video Game design by a former student
  • A practical session on IT Security and Forensic Computing by a representative from Portsmouth University
  • A visit to a Careers Fair in London

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the workplace during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.

Assessment

The course comprises five units across two years; two of which are assessed externally as paper-based exams, together representing 50% of the total qualification. The remaining 50% involves three units, which have internally assessed coursework.

The exam board for this technical level course is OCR.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:

  • Grade 4 in Maths

This course will suit students who are interested in the practical aspects of computers and enjoy learning new IT related skills.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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