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Level 3 Information Technology Years 12 & 13

Specification

OCR - The specification and assessment structure can be found at the link: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-technicals/information-technology/#level-3

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Information Technology

This is a multi-disciplined course that will teach you many theory-based and practical IT skills including multimedia design, spreadsheet and database development, networks, website creation and programming, to name just a few.

Most of the units you study are coursework based and culminate with you presenting an e-portfolio of your work (often a website).  If you enjoy IT, or think that IT may be part of your future study, then this may be a good option for you. Applications used include Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver, Flash, Publisher, Project Manager, plus others.

You will study 5 units (3 exams and two projects) spread out over two years and will need to be able to work steadily in lessons and at home, to complete the units and meet the coursework deadlines (which does allow for re-sits). There will be ample opportunity to get regular teacher feedback to help you attain the highest mark possible. There is also a component of exposure to industry professionals within the course.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at students who want to study ICT, but who wish to allow themselves flexibility at the end of their course in the choice of their future universities and careers. The course is designed to allow a wider breadth of study than A Level Computing, encompassing a wider range of ICT-based topics, more suited to the broad opportunities available both in higher education and careers.

The course allows students to prove that they have mastered understanding of ideas by putting those ideas into practice in a series of projects. In particular, it would appeal to a student who enjoys a hands-on approach to ICT as the assessment is primarily focussed on coursework.

Specification Units

Over two years students have to pass the required number of units. These units are:

Unit Format Content
1 2 hour exam Fundamentals of IT
2 1hr 30 min pre-release exam Global Information
3 1hr pre-release exam Cyber Security
4 30 hour project Application Design
5 30 hour project Web Design

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

This course covers a wide range of topics so can lead to any IT based higher education.

Year 12

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Web Design

Module 21

Dreamweaver

2

Web Design

Module 21

Dreamweaver
Spring Term
1 Application Development

Module 8

MS Project
2 Application Development

Module 8

MS Project
Summer Term
1 Application Development

Module 8

MS Project
2

Application Development

Module 8

MS Project 

Year 13

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Project Management Information and data MS Project
2 Project Management Information and data MS Project
Spring Term
1 Unit 2: Data Use Designing software and programmes

Excel and Access

2 Unit 2: Data Use Designing software and programmes Excel and Access
Summer Term
1 Improvements to modules Coursework preparation Presentation

Assessments

Resources Topic Type of assessment
CAT 1 Theory Exam. Progress (Unit 1 and 2).
Result of Unit 21
Examination
CAT 2 Unit 6 and re-sits of 1, 2 and 21 [where applicable] Folder assessment
Examination
CAT 3 Module 21 Progress

Folder assessment

CAT 4 Module 21 Progress Folder assessment
CAT 5 Module 21 Progress Folder assessment
CAT 6 Module 21 Progress Folder assessment

Main Resources

Resource Details Term
Text books

OCR Cambridge Technicals

All
Recommended websites

 

www.ocr.org.uk

www.teach-ict.com

 

All
Equipment   All

Enrichment opportunities

Activity Day and time or term
Computing Club Lunchtimes

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