IT

Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

Curriculum

The Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT has been developed with universities, employers and industry specialists so that students of IT experience the right combination of knowledge and skills required to work with IT in the 21st century. We investigate the pace of technological change, how this affects business, developments in IT infrastructure and the importance of legal and security considerations. Topics covered in Year 12 help students understand how data is stored and processed by organisations. We examine how data can be transformed into information and how this gives the modern organisation insights into customer and market behaviour and gives them an edge over the competition. We also gain an up to date understanding of the laws and regulations which govern the use of data and how it flows in and out of an organisation. This is assessed in two exams taken at the end of Year 12: Fundamentals of IT and Global Information Systems.

As we move into Year 13 students of IT investigate one of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing modern business known as ‘IOE’: the ‘Internet of Everything’. While exploring changes in the wider world and the potential of new technology such as 5G we get creative and work with Bristol City Council to investigate how Virtual and Augmented Reality can be deployed to engage a 21st Century audience. As a student of IT you develop a deep and broad understanding of the role of IT in modern organisations and develop the practical skills to contribute to this development into the future.

Progression

Level 3 Cambridge Technical provides a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points.

Careers

This qualification pathway prepares students for a wide variety of roles in the IT industry; Networking, Support or even Cyber Security. It establishes the knowledge to allow progression onto higher level apprenticeships or Higher Education.

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 3 or equivalent in English and Maths and an interest in IT.

Assessment

100% coursework for both qualifications.

Opportunities for work related activities

A fundamental part of the assessment in Year 13 engages with Bristol City Council’s Museum service to gain practical experience of managing a project developing communication using augmented reality.