What will be studied?
IT is about the real world, practical application of theory. IT professionals are the users of technology, utilising established building blocks and existing operating systems, software and applications, to create a system to solve a problem.
Students will investigate a range of real life case studies, practical tasks and a study of theoretical concepts, allowing students to create products or artefacts that demonstrate their ability to put theory into practice. This is a highly practical course which will develop a range of IT skills.
Who will this course suit?
This qualification will equip learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to translate business/user needs into practical and workable IT solutions. It is a course that is perfect for someone looking to develop their practical skills and work in the IT sector.
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How is the course assessed?
There are three units of assessment.
Unit 1: Practical skills in IT – this will be an internally assessed portfolio requiring students to cover 10 practical skills from two skills groups. It is worth 30% of the qualification
Unit 2: Creating IT systems – students will plan, create, test and evaluate an IT system from one of the following:
- A database
- A spreadsheet system
- A website
- An interactive entertainment product
- Build a computer system
- Create a small office network
It is worth 30% of the qualification
Unit 3: Fundamentals of IT – students will sit a 1 hour 30-minute exam to test students overall understanding of IT. It is worth 40% of the qualification
What will this qualification lead to?
This qualification will give students a range of practical skills in IT. Learners will design, create, test and evaluate a solution to an IT problem and achieve a qualification that is relevant to the needs of the industry. It will place them in a position for progress to further study and will equip them with relevant employment skills.