This is a two year course and is the equivalent of one A Level qualification.
This qualification is designed for learners who want to continue their education through applied learning by developing their knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and global information systems. Achievement in this qualification can support progression to relevant IT degrees such as: Computing and IT, Computing Science, Software Developments, Software Engineering, ICT and Computer Networks or Business Information Systems.
Learners will take five units to achieve this qualification.
There are three mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global Information and Cyber Security. The first two mandatory units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale and important legal and security considerations. The third mandatory unit reflects an important development in the sector around information security and requires learners to consider how data should be protected and the response of the IT sector to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism. Optional units may include: Project Management; Game Design; Product Development or Web Development.
Group lectures; discussion (small group and whole class); peer assessment; independent research; active learning
What could you be?
You could go into an IT related field of employment, following an apprenticeship or trainee route. You could go onto university to study Computer Science, Graphic Design, Multimedia or any other related field.
Recent student destinations:
Oxford University; Bristol University; Newcastle University; Bournemouth University; or directly into employment with, for example, Dorset County Council, Swift Signs, British Telecom.
5 9- 5 grades (Including 4 or above in English and/or Maths plus GCSE equivalent ICT at Grade 5 or above).
3 external examinations and
2 extended projects