Course Title OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma in IT
Level: 3
Code Y779

Overview of the Course

The course consists of a variety of units that explore emerging themes and will prepare learners for a range of higher education courses and job roles related to a particular sector. You will start on a pathway determined by your career aspirations. There are two designated mandatory units for each pathway, only one will be taken. Pathway one is Digital Technician: Computer Networks, you will gain the practical ability to plan, implement and maintain computer networks, building the key skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to job roles in this field. Virtual and Augmented Reality, you will research and design both a VAR resource and suggest future applications for VAR. Pathway two is Application Data Technician: Application design, you will explore application design and develop a prototype to meet a user requirement. Data Analysis and Design, you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to use data analysis techniques and develop data design solutions to meet specific business requirements.

What are the career opportunities?

As a Digital Technician you could progress into job roles which includes IT Technical Support, Database Administrator, Network Technician, Digital Content Developer, 3D Graphic Technician, and Software Developer. As an Application Data Technician you could progress into job roles which includes Web Application developer, Software Engineer, Mobile App Developer, Software Analyst, Data Analyst and Software Developer.

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSE’s at grade A*-C including maths and English 9-4 (A*-C) and IT (if studied). An interest in a career within the IT industry and a passion to follow one of the specific pathways.

How long is the course and when can I start?

This is a one year course which starts in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

There are two further mandatory units that are assessed by exam and externally marked which are Fundamentals of IT and Global Information. Optional units that are internally assessed by coursework, include: Project Management, Product Development, Systems Analysis and Design, Social Media and Digital Marketing, Internet of Everything, Mobile Technology and Big Data Analytics.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in the IT industry, you need to be organised, methodical and be able to manage a number of deadlines. You will also work within teams, and be able to develop relationships with people from a variety of different industries. English and communication skills are particularly important, as you need to be able to listen carefully and identify the needs of the client. You will have to describe problems and solutions in detail and be able to clearly present your findings verbally or by writing a report. Interpreting responses are critical when interpretation feedback so that projects can be improved. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature when working within the IT industry. This can be diagnosing technical issues or creating programmes that provide a solution. A logical and systematic approach is required in all career paths as well as ensuring accuracy throughout.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of all our courses. This will provide opportunities to develop industry related skills and explore possible career options within the IT sector. This will be undertaken at key points within the academic year, and you will be supported from the beginning of your course to create CV’s and applications that will help to confirm your career goals and secure a work experience placement.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your IT Study Programme will support your personal development to ensure that you make progress and acquire the necessary skills for successful progression. You will have opportunities to study for industry recognised qualifications as well as the opportunity to take part in team fundraising activities, sport enrichment, visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There are no additional costs or requirements.

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