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Curriculum

FAQ

Information and Communication Technology is offered in three formats:

  •   O.C.R. National Award

A compulsory course taking 4 hours per fortnight

  •  O.C.R. National Certificate

An optional qualification taking 9 hours per fortnight

  •   Diploma

An optional qualification taking 14 hours per fortnight

What are the aims of the courses?

  • Develop candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations, thereby enhancing their employability within the Information and Communication Technology sector
  • Develop candidates’ ability to work autonomously and effectively in an Information and
  • Communication Technology context
  • Encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and
  • Understanding that candidates will need to access further or higher education programmes or occupational training on a full-time or part-time basis 

What topics will I study?
Format A: Unit 1: I.C.T. skills for Business (Compulsory) + 1 other unit
Format B: Unit 1: I.C.T. skills for Business (Compulsory) + 4 other units

What skills will I develop?  
You will develop a variety of I.C.T. skills, which should help you to enhance your work in a variety of subject areas and will prepare you for work or further study.

What qualification will I take?  
O.C.R. National Certificate in I.C.T.

What is involved with the examination?  
There are no formal examination papers for this qualification.

What coursework will I have to complete?  
The qualification is totally coursework based.

What independent study will I have to undertake? 
It will be hard work completing all the units in the allotted time. Some portfolio work will need to be completed out of lesson time, particularly the ‘Planning’ and ‘Evaluation’ aspects. There will also be ‘catch-up’ sessions after school which students will be expected to attend if they are falling behind.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
The I.C.T. skills necessary for most jobs and everyday life will be covered during the compulsory ‘Award’ time. Please remember that everyone in your year group will be studying for the Award (equivalent to 1 G.C.S.E). The optional Certificate course is intended mainly for students who wish to enter the I.T. industry or continue further study of I.T. at college..

What are the special features of the course?   
If you choose the I.T. Option you will probably be taught by two different members of the I.C.T. department (one during your 4 core lessons and a different teacher for your 5 option block lessons).

Functional skills: You will also learn Functional Skills in I.T. and will have the opportunity to be entered for an examination worth a half G.C.S.E. This can be done at Level 1 (D-G grade) or Level 2 (A*-C)

Level 1- If you struggle with the Level 2 course you will be able to obtain a Level 1 O.C.R. Nationals qualification by completing similar units.
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FAQs (Diploma) 

What are the aims of the courses?
Diplomas are new qualifications introduced to recognise achievement at ages 14-19. They provide an exciting opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in applied, sector-related learning contexts.
This course is intended for students who have a real interest in Business and the I.T. industry and students will need to be capable of working at least a C Grade at G.C.S.E. They will also need to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in I.T., Maths and English in order to gain the full Diploma qualification.

What topics will I study?
The Diploma will have three components:

  • Principal learning - students develop knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes relevant to the I.T. business sector and are given opportunities to apply these to work roles or situations and within realistic contexts. There is a strong business emphasis to the course.
  • Additional/specialist learning - students choose from a range of approved qualifications. This is most likely to be a G.C.S.E. subject in which a C Grade must be obtained.
  • Generic learning - students develop and apply the skills and knowledge necessary for learning, employment and personal development. This includes ‘Functional Skills’ in Maths, English and I.C.T., Personal Learning and Thinking Skills such as team work, self-management and reflective learning, 10 days of Work Experience and an ‘Extended Project’. 

What skills will I develop?  
You will develop a variety of I.C.T. skills, which should help you to enhance your work in a variety of subject areas. You will also gain an insight into how I.T. supports business, how various organisations use I.T., and how I.T. can help to improve efficiency.

What examination will I take?
You will need to take a ‘Functional Skills’ examination in Maths, English and I.C.T.
Unit 1 of the ‘Principal Learning’ is also an externally set examination    

What coursework will I have to complete? 
Units 2 to 7 of the ‘Principal Learning’ all involve completing a piece of coursework.
You will also be required to complete a Project that should take approximately 60 hours.

What independent study will I have to undertake? 
As with the O.C.R. Nationals on the previous page, it will be hard work completing all the units in the allotted time. Some portfolio work will need to be completed out of lesson time, particularly the ‘Planning’ and ‘Evaluation’ aspects. There will also be ‘catch-up’ sessions after school which students will be expected to attend if they are falling behind.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
The I.C.T. skills necessary for most jobs and everyday life will be covered during the compulsory ‘Award’ time. Please remember that everyone in your year group will be studying for the Award (equivalent to 1 G.C.S.E). This optional Diploma course is intended mainly for students who wish to enter the I.T. industry.

What are the special features of the course?   
You will probably be taught by two or three different members of the I.C.T. department (one during your 4 core lessons and different teacher(s) for your 10 option block lessons). It may also involve studying at another institution; Light Hall is part of the Solihull Consortium so teaching is often delivered jointly with Lyndon School and the Grace Academy