Cambridge Nationals Level 2 Technical Award in IT in Years 10 & 11

Course Leader: Ms S Vince
Contact Email: svince@tgschool.net
Examination Board: OCR. Cambridge National
Assessment: 60% coursework, 40% examination

Why should I study this subject at Key Stage 4?

Preparation for an ever changing digital world where IT skills are a necessity.

What does the course involve?

This course focuses on skills, knowledge and understanding required in the IT sector.  It includes learning about the fundamental principles and concepts of IT, including the use of IT in the digital world, the Internet of Everything, data manipulation and working with Augmented Reality.  This qualification will also provide students with specific and transferable skills and a solid foundation in understanding and applying this subject, whether it is in employment or higher education. 

Unit RO50: IT in the digital world (Examination)

The main focus of this unit is to know how IT is used in a digital world.  Students will learn about how Human Computer Interfaces (HCI) are designed for various devices, the hardware and software needed, and how users interact with an HCI.  Students will also learn about data types, data manipulation and data collection.  Understanding  the threats and impacts of cyber-security, together with prevention methods as well as legislation related to the use of IT systems is another key element.  There is also a focus on how we use  digital communication tools such as collaboration, social media, video, audio and websites, as well as the digital devices we use to access digital content.  We look at methods of distribution of digital content over various mediums, such as email, mobile apps, websites and how we connect using 4G/5G, bluetooth, Wi-Fi and wired connections.  The final area of study is the Internet of Everything, which focuses on connection via ‘smart’ devices and how various sectors such as health, military, business, transport and manufacturing use ‘smart’ technology.

Unit RO60: Data manipulation using spreadsheets (Coursework)

Data manipulation is an important part of many job roles, supporting development and growth in different sectors.  Data is manipulated for many different purposes.  This unit teaches students how to use spreadsheets to input, process and output data.  Students will be given a set brief and will plan and design a spreadsheet solution.

Unit RO70: Using Augmented Reality to present information

Augmented Reality (AR) has made it possible to present information so that users can see more detail in items/products with 2D or 3D images and can place the item digitally in their surroundings.  AR provides increased engagement, interaction and a richer user experience.  Students will investigate the different sectors where AR can be used such as Architecture, Education, Entertainment, Retail and Lifestyle.  They will learn the basics and different types of Augmented Reality, how it works, how it is used and create a model prototype to a set brief.

Skills Developed

Students will be equipped with a range of skills and provided opportunities to develop, in context, transferable skills such as research, planning, testing and reviewing as well as specific skills required in the IT industry.

Assessments 

There is a written exam, which is taken at the end of Year 11.  The exam unit underpins the knowledge required to complete the coursework units.

The coursework units are assessed by teaching staff and once taught, are completed independently by the student.  This means that all students must be well organised, diligent and hard-working from the very start of the course.

Studying IT at Sixth Form

Students can continue studying IT as a vocational subject here at Thomas Gainsborough School.