Cambridge TEC in IT
Examining Board – Cambridge Education (OCR)
IT is one of the most popular subject areas offered by OCR. IT is at the heart of everyday life, at work, home and in our leisure time: from computer graphics and control systems, to communications and problem solving, IT has an ever-increasing role to play. The Cambridge TEC in IT encapsulates this through awide range of units such as installing hardware, creating a website, identifying an IT fault, computer animation and e-commerce.
They are an ideal foundation for students entering the workplace, providing them with a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace.
Methods of Study
Study methods centre around a practical hands on. Specific emphasis is placed on students’ independent reading, research and production of portfolio evidence.
Methods of Assessment
This is achieved through a portfolio of evidence
Communication and employability skills for IT
This unit will equip students to use a variety of communication skills, and provide them with an understanding of the skills an employer wants and how to adapt the message to their audience.
This unit demonstrates the types of information held in the workplace, how it can be used to gain a competitive edge and how it must comply with legislation.
This unit will provide students with an insight into the role of an IT support technician as they learn about working with software, including two types of operating systems.
Developing an understanding of network management will provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience of diagnosing and understanding faults.
Organisational systems security
Studentsn will gain an understanding of the importance of securing organisational IT systems, the impact of the law and the application of security policies within the workplace.
Most businesses also operate on the internet; this unit gives students the opportunity to create an e-commerce strategy and the knowledge that underpins it.
Once completed, students will understand the key components of networks, the protocols and services provided by network systems.
IT technical support
Students will step into the shoes of the IT professional as they understand the support role in the organisation and the impact of organisational policies on IT.
Project planning with IT
Creating project plans, undertaking them and evaluating their success are the aims of this unit, which provides students with a valuable transferable skill.
Developing computer games
Students will gain an insight into the computer gaming industry as they understand the social impact of gaming and design, by developing and testing their own game.
Maintaining computer systems
This unit will introduce students to the role and responsibilites of an IT professional with focus on computer systems maintenance.
A website can make or break a business; students will design, create and test a functioning website, including understanding architecture, design and security issues.
Installing and upgrading software
This unit will provide students with the procedures that are needed when installing and upgrading software.
Students will learn about different types of animation and how they can be used in different media; they will also create their own animation.
Computer game platforms and technologies
Students will gain a fascinating insight into computer animation, including hardware and software technologies, their use and the creation of playable systems.
2D animation production
Students will develop skills in animation using either traditional or digital methods (or a mixture of the two) for both entertainment and commercial purposes.
Interactive media authoring
Students will study the pinciples of interactive media before putting their creative skills to use by developing their own product.
Web animation for interactive media
Students will understand the skills that are required in the creation of an interactive animation that is designed to be delivered over the internet.
Spreadsheets are an important tool in business; students will learn how to create a complex spreadsheet and use it to highlight information and solve problems.
Students should have or be ready to develop an interest in ICT software and hardware. They should be keen to explore the ways in which ICT has impacted on commerce, society and the environment. A good user skill level should be evident.