Exam Board – OCR

Qualification – certificate (05838) and extended certificate (05839)

Entry requirements – GCSE IT grade C or BTEC level 2 equivalent, plus a grade 4 in English and a grade 4 in maths

Course specification

IT is at the heart of everyday life, at work, home and in our leisure time: from computer graphics and control systems, to communications and problem solving, IT has an ever-increasing role to play. A Level IT draws this together through a wide range of units such as information systems, installing software, creating a website, computer systems, computer animation and developing computer games.

This qualification is suitable for students studying in preparation for employment in IT and also students wishing to gain a level 3 qualification to support further education and higher education studies in IT or in any other sector or subject area. This new qualification is particularly attractive because of its real-world relevance and close alignment with industrial practice.

There are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills such as cognitive and problem-solving skills, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.

“The lessons are planned really well. It’s a really interesting subject so far.”

– Student

Year 1:

  • unit 1: fundamentals of IT
  • unit 2: global information

Year 2

  • unit 3: pre-production and planning
  • unit 9: product development
  • unit 17: internet of everything

Units are assessed under their own specific learning objectives and you are able to take this as a one-year or two-year course. Units 1,2 and 3 are externally assessed in a written exam, all other units are assessed internally and externally moderated by OCR – for these units you must provide a portfolio of evidence of how each objective in the respective assignment has been met.

What doors does this open up for me?

The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in data management and social media in business. This will enable learners to progress to further study in the IT sector, or other sectors. This will allow progression to a variety of degrees when combined with other suitable level 3 qualifications.

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