MODULAR YEAR 12 COURSE CONTENT (OCR TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE)
This course is currently being written by OCR and will be published later this year. It is expected that the Year 12 course content will include 2 examined modules for Year 12. The two examined units are
core units. These are:
- Fundamentals of IT (Multiple Choice and shortwritten answer exam)
- Global Information (Case Study exam)
The two exams are worth 100% of the AS equivalent course and 50% of the A2 equivalent course.
MODULAR YEAR 13 COURSE CONTENT (OCR TECHNICAL INTRODUCTORY DIPLOMA)
We plan to offer the Application Designer pathway which will include the following three coursework modules:
- Application Design
- Games Design and Prototyping
- Project Management
The three coursework units are work 50% of the A2 equivalent course.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?
In addition to the IT skills covered in the units, you will develop other desirable skills, such as primary research, using IT to communicate effectively, producing management information, understanding legal and ethical implications for organisations in using IT, planning and leading a group.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS COURSE?
All OCR Technical courses must be sponsored by a range of universities and employers to granted QCA status by the DFE. Universities who have sponsored this course include University of Warwick, University of Nottingham, University of Chichester, Anglia Ruskin University and UWE amongst others.
Both ITSkillsMan and IBM have also sponsored this course.
OCR states, ‘This is an Applied General qualification that is designed for learners aged 16-19 who want to study IT where they can learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the use of IT in the workplace.
It will give learners the transferable knowledge and skills to progress to higher education, an apprenticeship or to enter into employment.
HOW MANY EXAMS DO I HAVE TO TAKE AND WHEN DO I TAKE THEM?
Two exams taken at the end of Year 12.
IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK OR CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS?
Lots! The 50% of this course is coursework which will be continually assessed throughout Year 13. There is a significant written element to this course which should not be underestimated. Your assessment also begins straight away in September of Year 12. You will be supported to help bring your work up to Level 3 standard as quickly as possible. This is significantly more challenging and more in depth than level 2 work.
WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?
Many students who have taken this course have progressed into the IT industry. Some have secured apprenticeships with IBM, Jaguar Land Rover and Audi whilst others have acquired places at University to study degrees such as Computer Science, Information Technology, CAD, Architecture and Engineering. You could become a games designer, network engineer, software engineer or use this course to develop skills for a business related degree.