Information Technology (Applied General Certificate/Extended Certificate)
Why should I study Information Technology?
This is a two-year modular, A Level equivalent course. Most industries in a modern society rely heavily on Information Technology. A student with an I.T. qualification will have access to employment in just about any industry and with such a diverse subject will also have access to a broad spectrum of career opportunities; security, data management, system design to name a few! I.T. is a fast-moving industry which will provide graduates with the chance of keeping up to date with the very latest technology.
The two-year modular course and has one examined module and three practical modules, assessed through coursework tasks. The modules are I.T. Systems, Data Management, Social Media in Business and Website Development.
The course is split into two years with students studying for the Certificate in the first year and the option to continue the course with an Extended Certificate in the second year. I.T. is a versatile qualification and supports routes into a number of degree courses as well as the opportunity to extend the modules studied further with the BTEC Diploma in I.T.
First year Certificate course content
Unit 2: You will examine the structure of data and its origins, and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database. You will examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system. You will then test your solution to ensure that it works correctly. Finally, you will evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of your database solution. This unit is externally assessed through a constrained assignment. Students will be given a database assignment to complete in two timed sessions. The sessions will be under examination conditions.
Unit 3: You will explore different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes. You will develop a plan to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and objectives. You will then implement the plan, developing and posting content and interacting with others. Finally, you will collect data on the business use of social media and review the effectiveness of your efforts – Students will be assessed using a coursework task.
Second Year Extended Certificate course content
Unit 1: You will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an I.T. system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of I.T. systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals. – This unit is externally assessed through a written examination set and marked externally. The examination is two hours in length.
Minimum Entry Criteria
Standard College entry requirements (as detailed on page 12 of the Prospectus) and a minimum of:
GCSE English Language or English Literature
in both 1st and 2nd grade GCSE Combined Science
if triple science has been taken
in two of either GCSE Biology, Chemistry or Physics
For students wishing to progress to university this qualification will provide as many UCAS points as an A Level. There are a number of degrees available in I.T. related subjects such as; computer science, computer games design, computer graphics, networking, I.T. support. Of course, there are also a number of associated degree subjects that students could study that include I.T. elements. This course would prepare a student for such as law, business, finance, and accountancy.
Students can extend the qualification they have gained as this subject is taught in modules. By adding the Computer Games Design, Mobile Apps and Programming modules students can complete their BTEC Foundation Diploma in I.T. Twelve further modules including two in Project Management and Cyber security will qualify for the BTEC Diploma in I.T. Finally a single module in I.T. Service Delivery will complete the BTEC Extended Diploma in I.T.
Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular and, as well as many opportunities directly with employers, there are a growing number of agencies successfully placing students in areas of technology, telecommunications, I.T. support, I.T. infrastructure and networks, data management, and web design. This course is very popular in this area as the skills taught will prove useful in many areas of I.T.