Information Technology Extended Certificate
“Inspiring confident and creative users of 21st century digital technology”
The ICT Department at Heartlands Academy offers a wide range of courses across the whole age range. We aim to make all students computer literate and to do this we provide a curriculum which is challenging, progressive and relevant.
Our high-quality computing education equips our students with computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. By continually building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that our students become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT offer specialist pathways in IT Infrastructure Technician, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner, Application Developer, and Data Analyst. Students will apply their practical skills and knowledge in preparation for further study, Higher Education or the workplace. The course focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.
The qualification aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations. Students will also develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. These support the transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.
To attain the qualification, students must complete five units during the two years of study. The first three units are mandatory and are externally assessed through written exams taken either in January or June of the academic year. There are four optional units of which two must be selected and these are internally assessed through coursework submission.
The three mandatory units are:
- Fundamentals of Information Technology
- Global Information
- Cyber Security
The four optional units are:
- Project Management
- Product Development
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Internet of Everything