Unit 1 - Fundamentals of IT

A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT. After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the additional units. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Mobility+ and Cisco IT Essentials.

Unit 2 - Global Information

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organisations. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential, and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge. This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give you knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn about how individuals use information of various types. This unit will help you to understand the legislation and regulation governing information that flows into and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it. You will also learn the relationship between data and information. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as VM Ware.

Unit 6 - Application Design

The world is increasingly reliant on applications that help individuals, business and organisations achieve specific activities or purposes. In this unit you will explore potential ideas for a new application and develop the fundamental design for it. You will then develop the designs for an application and how users will interact with it. The application that you will design could be for any sector and for any purpose. You will have the opportunity to present your ideas, prototype them and gain feedback before refining your design. Besides the technical knowledge that you will gain about designing an application, you will also learn key transferable skills about liasing with clients, questioning people effectively to gain the information you need to develop successful designs, and presenting your ideas to an audience and getting feedback from them. This unit is mandatory to the Application Developer pathway due to its relevance to the job role of an application developer. The unit supports the development of skills, knowledge and understanding appropriate to a wide range of job roles requiring the development of applications within mobile technology, business software, graphics, games and web design to name but a few.

Unit 8 - Project Management

A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT. After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the additional units. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Mobility+ and Cisco IT Essentials.

The Application Developer Pathway

You are following the "Application developer" pathway for the "Foundation Diploma in IT". This has the two mandatory examinations (units 1 and 2) and the mandatory internally assessed unit (unit 6), all of which are undertaken in year 12, as well as two optional units completed in year 13. We have chosen unit 9 as it follows directly on from unit 6 and you will be able to make use of the experience that you have already gained as well as being able to "retro-fit" quality into your previous work. The project management unit will run alongside units 6 and 9 and simply documents your progress and activities in a structured way.

This approach should result in the best outcome for the minimum effort.

Unit 9 - Product development

The purpose of this unit is to prepare you to undertake product development activities. You will learn about different product design methodologies and the role of the product development life cycle. In addition, you will discover the factors that influence product developments. The key to any product development being a success is the analysis, client review, design, testing and final acceptance that takes place. The skills that you will learn can be applied to the development of any product, large or small. You will use product development skills and work through the product development life cycle. Whether you are building a network, developing a website, developing a system for data analytics or creating an augmented or virtual reality resource, they are all products. It is therefore important that you understand the processes required for the development of products and that you can apply them to a variety of situations. It is recommended that you develop a product alongside the other units you are studying so that you can explore the units holistically as a wider project. If this unit is being taken as part of a specialist pathway, the product developed could align to your chosen pathway and support progression into your chosen field within the IT industry.

LEVEL 3 CAMBRIDGE TECHNICALS IN IT

The Cambridge Technicals in IT have been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare your students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment. Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Cambridge Technicals in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. Your students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace. These qualifications aims to develop your students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Your students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations. Your students will also develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. These support the transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.

The Cambridge Technicals suite

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 for students aged 16+. They’re designed with the workplace in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels, with a great range of subjects to choose from. Vocational education is not just about results, it’s about educating people in the knowledge and skills required for employment and for the community as a whole. It’s also about developing the behaviours and attributes needed to progress and succeed in education and in work.

Launching for first teaching September 2016.

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 for students aged 16+. They’re designed with the workplace in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels, with a great range of subjects to choose from. Vocational education is not just about results, it’s about educating people in the knowledge and skills required for employment and for the community as a whole. It’s also about developing the behaviours and attributes needed to progress and succeed in education and in work.

Diploma Pathways

Three of our Diplomas have four vocational pathways within them that can be followed: one pathway must be achieved. The Extended Diploma has merged the four pathways into two vocational pathways that can be followed: one pathway must be achieved.We have worked with IBM, Barclays, CompTIA and Cisco along with a number of colleges and HEIs to design the content for these pathways to ensure the units have refreshing and exciting content, that’s up to date, engaging, fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of your students.

Application Developer

This pathway focuses on the development of a range of applications across platforms and sectors. We’ve made sure your students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century,enabling them to demonstrate the skills of writing specifications, and the design, build, testing and implementation of applications. In addition to the mandatory units, your students must also achieve the mandatory pathway unit Application Design.

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