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Information Technology



Examining Board: OCR


Method of Assessment
There are no external tests or timetabled exams for this qualification and so would suit students who prefer a coursework only based route of study, but who are good at time management and organising tasks, as well as working independently. This course carries the equivalent UCAS points for an A Level grade of E, C, A or A* (in relation to awarded grades, Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*).


Course Content
As well as providing practical insight into the IT industry sector, this course helps students to develop valuable workplace skills, such as team working, communication and problem solving. This is a practically-based qualifcation with tasks contextualised to the workplace.

To achieve the qualification, students must successfully complete two compulsory units.

Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills 
Unit 2: Information Systems

In addition, students must study an additional four other units. These could be covering topics such as Animation, Creating Multimedia Products, Introduction to Programming, Advanced Office Skillsor Website production.


Lesson Style
Most of the lessons are ‘hands on’ using IT for either creation of project items or extending application skills. There is an emphasis on project management skills and using the systems development model (analyse, design, create, test and evaluate).


Time Allocation: 8 hours per fortnight. (2 teachers are involved each year.)


Private Study Requirements

As with all Post 16 study there is an expectation that students will continue their studies in their own time. This is a necessity with this course, as students will be expected to plan and manage their own projects. In order to complete the course within the 2 years, students are issued with a list of weekly task deadlines which must be adhered to.


Advisable for the following Careers

This qualification is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career or to study at a higher level in IT, Computing, Business Administration, Games/ Graphics /Web Site creation, Project Management roles.

Good in combination with Business Studies, Computing, Film Studies, Media Studies.


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