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Information Technology

Block 2
Head of Faculty: Mr F. Satari

What Will I Be Studying?
This qualification will teach students what different technologies can be used, why they should use them and how to make best use of them, to gather, store, manipulate and present data; this is known as data management. They will learn about tools and techniques for use in different digital hardware and software technologies, and how these can be integrated to create digital solutions to manage and communicate data and information. They will also be taught what data and information are and the legal, ethical, and moral considerations when using technology to gather, store and present data and information, and how to mitigate the risks of cyber-attacks. Through this qualification they will be able to select and use the most appropriate technology safely and effectively, to complete a data management task, such as a cable TV provider monitoring customers’ viewing to make recommendations for additional packages in the customer’s subscription. Students will also learn to follow a project life cycle of initiation, planning, execution and evaluation to complete a data management task and use their skills, knowledge and understanding of technology to complete each of the phases of the project life cycle.

How Will I Be Assessed?
Component 1: Explore<
Exploring user interface design principles and development, developing project planning techniques while developing a new user interface design. (internally assessed assignments, 30% of the total course)

Component 2:
Develop Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data. Exploring how data impacts on individuals and organisations to draw conclusions and make recommendations on data intelligence. (internally assessed assignments, 30% of the total course)

Component 3:
Apply Effective Digital Working Practices. Exploring how modern information technology is evolving, considering legal and ethical issues in data and information sharing. Understanding what cyber security is and how to safeguard against it. (Externally assessed exam, 40% of the total course)

Who Would Enjoy This Course?
Learners should take this qualification if they are looking to combine GCSE / vocational options with a vocational qualification in information and communication technologies. Learners who enjoy developing applied knowledge and practical skills in using information technologies will do well on this course and in particular if they are interested in pursuing a qualification that will enable them to progress onto other related study, such as qualifications in IT, Digital Media, Computer Science.

Progression Opportunities:
The course will develop your skills and knowledge to progress onto further IT qualifications, including BTEC Level 3 and A-level.

Ken Stimpson Community School
Staniland Way
PE4 6JT (Sat Nav users: PE4 6WR)