What is Information Technology?

IT deals with the use of computers and computer software to input, process, store and communicate information. In a broader context, IT is any technology that is used to communicate information, which can include images, text, sound or video. It has been around for a long time – inventions like the telephone and television count as IT.

But it has really come to the fore in recent years with the rapidly expanding use of technology, mobile phones, and of course, the internet. This has led to a lot of new possibilities for people and organisations, not only in day to day communication, but also in services and spreading their message to the outside world.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 4 from English Language recommended

  • Assessment methods

    Coursework and exams

  • Course duration

    2 Years

  • Course type

    Cambridge Technical

  • Exam board

    OCR

How you will study

The Introductory Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma are practical courses. You will learn by completing different tasks and pieces of coursework – plus exams, which are based on realistic workplace situations and activities. You will focus on specific topics in turn and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge in those areas.

You will work with a number of teachers in parallel, meaning you will be working on one, two or three assignments at any one time. The course can be taken alongside other qualifications such as A-levels, but will take up one, two or three of the blocks you have available.

Course content

  • Fundamentals of IT – Exam
  • Global Information – Exam
  • Cyber Security – Coursework
  • Programming- Coursework
  • Data Modelling – Coursework
  • Website Development – Coursework

What can you do at Xaverian?

If you are successful on the first year of this course you will be able to complete the Introductory Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma in the second year at Xaverian. Additional
units you may take will be:

  • IT Project Management
  • Big Data and Business Analytics
  • Computer Games Development
  • IT Service Delivery
  • The Internet of Things
  • Large Scale Data Systems

What can I do after Xaverian?

There are a wide range of career paths for students to take. One option is to study IT at university – there is a wide variety of different types of university courses such as Web Development, Database Administration, E-commerce and Business Information Technology (which is combined with Business). Another option is to take an apprenticeship which combines work with a formal education. Job opportunities include software developer, database administrator, and web developer.

What else might you do?

  • Each year second year students are offered an education trip to go on. In February 2016, IT and Computing went on a trip to Geneva where students investigated the use of IT in various ways, for example in booking
    systems and customer databases. The group visited CERN and the United Nations as well as a chocolate making factory.

Course Content Summary:

Information Technology is available in three forms:

  • The Introductory Diploma (equivalent to one A-level)
  • Diploma (equivalent to two A-levels)
  • Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-levels)

Each course will cover a range of units over a 2 year period. There will be mandatory units and a range of units that are optional – chosen to suit student needs. Assessment will be done by either examination or coursework.

What can you do at Xaverian?

If you are successful on the first year of this course you will be able to complete the Introductory Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma in the second year at Xaverian. Additional
units you may take will be:

  • IT Project Management
  • Big Data and Business Analytics
  • Computer Games Development
  • IT Service Delivery
  • The Internet of Things
  • Large Scale Data Systems

What can I do after Xaverian?

There are a wide range of career paths for students to take. One option is to study IT at university – there is a wide variety of different types of university courses such as Web Development, Database Administration, E-commerce and Business Information Technology (which is combined with Business). Another option is to take an apprenticeship which combines work with a formal education. Job opportunities include software developer, database administrator, and web developer.

What else might you do?

  • Each year second year students are offered an education trip to go on. In February 2016, IT and Computing went on a trip to Geneva where students investigated the use of IT in various ways, for example in booking
    systems and customer databases. The group visited CERN and the United Nations as well as a chocolate making factory.

Course Content Summary:

Information Technology is available in three forms:

  • The Introductory Diploma (equivalent to one A-level)
  • Diploma (equivalent to two A-levels)
  • Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-levels)

Each course will cover a range of units over a 2 year period. There will be mandatory units and a range of units that are optional – chosen to suit student needs. Assessment will be done by either examination or coursework.