5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or higher including maths, or a relevant Level 2 IT qualification. It is recommended that learners have, or are working towards, a grade 4/ grade C or above in GCSE maths or English.
You will be required to attend an interview at the college for all courses and Apprenticeships and we will request a school or college report.
Networking is the future. Mobile phones, laptops, tablets, smart watches, desktops, fitness bands, Instagram and Twitter - the infrastructure that supports the huge number of electronic devices we rely upon everyday are supported and managed by highly skilled network engineers. This course is your first step to a career in this exciting and ever changing part of the modern world.
The need for secure digital systems is more crucial than ever before, as we rely on computerised systems and networks to collect, process, store and transfer vast amounts of data and to control critical systems in a local area network, globally and in the cloud.
This Cambridge Technical Foundation and Extended Diploma in IT course gives you the chance to develop skills in the ethical use of computers and networking, technical support, enterprise skills and computer systems. An “all round” perspective is delivered allowing you to focus and harness your own potential to lead onto a higher education programme or the beginning of a successful career.
The cyber security industry is expanding at a rapid rate and this course has been designed to enable you to gain the knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations. You will learn about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents resulting from these challenges. You will be able to apply your knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues and solutions by reviewing and making recommendations for ways to best protect digital systems and information. The learning within the course will also support the Cisco and CompTIA industry qualifications.
These are the likely modules for this course:
Foundation Diploma Year - Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner
> Fundamentals of IT
> Global information
> Virtual and augmented reality
> Systems analysis and design
> Mobile technology
> Developing a smarter Planet
> Internet of everything
> Computer systems – hardware
Extended Diploma Year – Digital Technician
> Cyber security
> Computer networks
> Project management
> Mobile technology
> Computer systems – software
> IT technical support
> Big data analytics
> Cognitive computing
> Enterprise computing
> Cloud technology
Please note that these units can be subject to change.
Course Assessment Method
Initially there will be a portfolio of assignments which will be developed over the course of the year. There are a number of mandatory units which include externally set and marked assessments which are a mixture of exams and written assignments.
Career opportunities exist to enter the industry at junior level in many job roles, including:
> IT Support Technician
> Network Support Technician
> Computing Forensics Engineer
We do recommend further study if you are wishing to progress within these roles.
Cambridge Technicals provide a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points.
What if I Need Support
Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.
You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.
What does it Cost?
This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.
If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.
Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.
|Qualification Type:||Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma in IT|
|Awarding Body:||Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations|
|Start Date:||September 2021|