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Level 3 Computing IT Technician

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Code G5038
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

This is course is taught using a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, practical activities, completing group activities, and individual study. All staff are well trained and experienced and provide learners with a high level of professional support.

Details

Year 1 (8 Units including 3 Mandatory Units)

• Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT (Mandatory)

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.

Externally assesses through a 1½ hour written examination set and marked by the exam board

• Unit 2: Global Information (Mandatory)

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 the information of various types.

Externally assesses through a 1½ hour written examination set and marked by the exam board

• Unit 4: Computer Networks (Mandatory)

The emphasis of this unit is to give you the practical ability to plan, implement and maintain computer networks. The approach adopted by this unit is ‘bottom up’ where you begin with a solid set of components, cables and connectors of a network and then progressively build a networking capability. The range of protocols has been deliberately limited to those which are used in the vast majority of computer networks, TCP/IP and Ethernet.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

• Unit 8: Project Management

This unit will provide you with the opportunity to understand and use various project planning skills and techniques, thereby enabling you to become more effective in the workplace.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

• 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.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

• Unit 17: Internet of Everything

This unit is about the use of the internet and how it is impacting people and society. You will learn about the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how it is used.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

• Unit 18: Computer Systems – Hardware

The aim of this unit is to enable you to understand how the components of computer systems work together. You will develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate hardware systems for various purposes. Using the skills developed you will build/upgrade a full computer system with a view to testing and considering preventive maintenance procedures.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

• Unit 19: Computer Systems – Software

This unit will help you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding to successfully install or upgrade a wide range of software, including operating systems and application software. It will enable you to select and use appropriate utility software to carry out maintenance activities. In addition, you will be able to ascertain end user requirements in order to plan and carry out installation, upgrades and/or maintenance activities.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

Year 2 (9 Units including 3 Mandatory Units)

• Unit 3: Cyber Security (Mandatory)

This unit has been designed to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations. You will learn about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents resulting from these challenges.

Externally assesses through a 1½ hour written examination set and marked by the exam board

• Unit CC: Cloud Technology (Mandatory)

In this unit you will learn the basic concepts of cloud technology as it exists in an international setting. You will know the specific terminology and its application in the continued shift into the cloud, where costs are billed like electricity and reflect monthly usage levels rather than the traditional upfront cost of new servers and storage for a data centre. Migration into the cloud also poses issues for business culture, legal requirements and security.

Externally assesses through a 1½ hour written examination set and marked by the exam board

• Unit 5: Virtual and Augmented Reality (Mandatory)

You will learn about both technologies and how they are used. You will research both technologies and design both a virtual and an augmented reality resource.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

• Unit 11: Systems analysis and design

This unit will provide you with the knowledge and skills to support the design of formal information systems. These systems provide useful reliable, validated information through the integration of data, hardware, software and humans into processes which enable the organisation to meet its internal goals and its external obligations.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

• Unit 12: Mobile Technology

You may come to this unit as a proficient user of a mobile phone but you may be less familiar with other mobile technologies and their operating systems. The aim of this unit is to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the wider potential of mobile technologies and its consequences to people and businesses.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

• Unit 13: Social Media and Digital Marketing

This unit looks at digital marketing as a concept and then offers you the opportunity to explore the possible impacts, both positive and negative, that may be generated by the use of social media as a digital marketing tool.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

• Unit 20: IT Technical Support

The aim of this unit is to explore the problems that are likely to be encountered by IT support professionals. You will learn about many of the tasks that they carry out. You will develop an understanding of technical support tools and techniques.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

• Unit 22: Big Data Analytics

In this unit you will learn what Big Data is, how it can be gathered, analysed and used by businesses. You will also look at how a company could use big data for planning for the future.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board.

Entry requirements

This course requires students to have achieved grade 4 or above in 5 GCSEs or Progression from a Merit/Distinction at Level 2 (Preferred).

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