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Course Overview

This course will provide you with the opportunity through applied learning to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector. There are two mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are the Fundamentals of IT and Global information. The first two mandatory units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector, as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale, and important legal and security considerations. You will also complete three coursework units, which will be internally assessed and each based on a different brief. The coursework units include Internet of Everything which provides the learners with an awareness of how different technologies are repurposed to extend their scope to be used in the world today. The Social Media and Digital Marketing unit gives the learners an opportunity to create their own digital marketing campaign and the Virtual Reality coursework unit allows the learners to extend their knowledge on the creation of VR products.

Assessment & Examination

The course is comprised of two external examinations, which can be taken in either January or June, and three coursework units.

Paper 1 - Fundamentals of IT A 1 hour 30 minute written examination, comprising multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions. A calculator may be used.

Paper 2 - Global information A 1 hour 30 minute written examination, comprising short answer and extended response questions.

You must then complete three units of coursework that are internally assessed and moderated by OCR.

Resources you will only need basic stationery and a scientific calculator. However, there are a number of academic text books which are recommended reading and we would encourage you to purchase copies.

Prior knowledge There is no expectation that you will have any prior knowledge of ICT. It is preferable, however, that you have an active interest in ICT and digital technology.

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