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Key Stage 5

In Sixth Form, students are able to choose to study a Vocational Technical Certificate at both AS and A2 level; a course that will open doors to both academic and career based pathways.

Computer Science AS/A2

The Computer Science AS/A2 level qualification will be examined using OCR (H046 & H446). The course content will remain relevant to the modern and changing world of computing.

There will be a focus on developing programming skills and computational thinking as a discipline. Learners will develop skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.

The course will involve a significant mathematics focus which will be embedded into the course.

There is a clear progression to a wide range of university courses and is a useful qualification for a range of degree subjects.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate

The vocational route at key stage 5 involves the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in year 12 and the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT in year 13.

The course contains the following units.

  Unit Unit Title Assessment Method
Year 12 1 Fundamentals of IT External examination
2 Global information External examination
Year 13 3

Cyber security

External examination
17

Internet of Everything

Coursework Portfolio
11

Systems Analysis & Design

Coursework Portfolio

All external examinations will take place in May/June.

Every unit achieved will be graded as pass, merit or distinction. A learner must get at least a pass for every unit to be awarded the qualification they have entered for.

The aim of the course is to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding of components, functions, applications of information systems within a range of organisations. Students develop an understanding of the main principals of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding.

Achievement of this qualification can support progression to study in a Higher Education institution either on relevant IT degrees such as Computing and Technology or Business IT or support progression on to other degree courses. The course will be a useful preparation for a range of higher level apprenticeships.

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