Year 1 - You will study the following three mandatory units:
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems.
Externally assessed through a 2 hour written examination set and marked by the exam board
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information.
Externally assessed through a task set and marked by Pearson over 5 hours in a one-week period.
Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business. Assessed by written assignments.
You will study one of the following optional units in year 1:
Unit 5: Data Modelling.
Assessed by internal assignment.
Unit 6: Website Development. Assessed by internal assignment.
Year 2 - You will study the following three mandatory units:
Unit 4: Programming. Assessed by written assignments
Unit 9: I.T. Project Management. Assessed by written assignments.
Unit 11: Cyber Security and Incidence Management. Externally assessed by a task set over a 9 hour period and marked by the exam board.
You will also study two optional units in year 2.
This course is taught using lectures, demonstrations, practical work, group activity and individual study. Teachers are not only well qualified and experienced but also provide students with a high level of professional support.
This National Diploma is assessed by a 5 hour practical exam, a 2 hour written exam and a portfolio. It is graded: Pass, Merit, and Distinction. Students can obtain a Distinction* grade overall.
To enrol for an A level programme we normally expect applicants to have achieved good GCSE passes in at least six subjects, these must:
• demonstrate the suitability for Advanced Level study
• have been achieved at Grade 4/C as a minimum
• include two at Grade 5/B as a minimum
Mathematics - If not achieved within the scope of the above should normally be achieved at grade 3/D. If mathematics is not achieved at grade 4/C then it will be a requirement to continue to study at the correct level until a grade 4 is achieved. Subjects with a mathematical content will require a higher grade.
In addition to the standard College entry requirements, this particular course requires students to have achieved grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics.
Level 3 courses earn you UCAS points allowing you to take on HND/ HNC or honours degrees.
What does the course combine well with?
Complementary subjects are any other Level 3 subjects.
This course is equivalent to two A Levels.