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

Overview of the Course

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: Digital Technician

Computer Networks; will give you 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; where
your will research and design both a VAR
resource and suggest future applications
for VAR.

Pathway Two: Application Data Technician

Application design; where you will explore
application design and develop a prototype
to meet a user requirement.

Data Analysis and Design; where 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?

  • Computer Games Designer
  • Database Administrator
  • Helpdesk Professional
  • IT Security Manager
  • IT Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Software Developer
  • Graphics and Web Designer
  • Animator

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including maths and English and IT (if studied)

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:

  • Fundamentals of IT
  • 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
  • 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

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills.

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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