IT and Computing

CTEC Level 3 Introductory Diploma & Extended Diploma

There is always a demand for IT professionals with high-level skills and this demand is predicted to grow in the future. At Wyke we deliver courses designed to provide students with the skills required to take advantage of the many HE study and career opportunities available in IT.

Cambridge Technical (CTEC) courses are available at Wyke: CTEC Introductory Diploma in IT (1x A-level equivalent) and CTEC Extended Diploma in IT (3x A-level equivalent.)

The Introductory Diploma in Information Technology is for students who are interested in learning about Information Technology and how it is applied in business. You will also have the opportunity to develop App and Web development skills.

The Extended Diploma in IT is a 2-year course combining technical academic content with advanced work-related computing skills. One of the main focuses of this course is software development including computer programming and web, mobile app and games development. The course is equivalent to three A-Levels and our past courses have for many years been a progression route to university, with many of our past students achieving high grade (2.1/1st) degrees in Computer Science, and success in the IT industry.

A combination of external and internal assessed coursework and an external exam.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

CTEC IT requires students to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for their chosen pathway.

EXAM BOARD

EDEXCEL

THE COMPUTING DEPARTMENT AT WYKE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

The department uses a number of hi-tech IT suites equipped with the latest hardware and software, a practical lab for the assembly and configuration of computers and networks, and also makes use of interactive on-line resources to facilitate independent learning. Practical skills are an essential part of the course and our well equipped IT suites supported by experienced teachers and skilled technicians ensure opportunities are available to enhance learning and develop skills and confidence in this subject.

COURSE DETAILS

INTRODUCTORY DIPLOMA IN IT

Units include*:

  • Fundamentals of IT (Exam)
  • Global Information (Exam)
  • Application Design
  • Product Development
  • Web Design and Prototyping

 

EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN IT

Units include*:

  • Fundamentals of It (Exam)
  • Global Information (Exam)
  • Cyber Security (Exam)
  • Cloud Technology (Exam)
  • Application Design
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Enterprise Computing
  • Project Management
  • Product Development
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Cloud Storage and Collaboration Tools
  • Mobile Technology
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Software Engineering for Business
  • Games Design and Prototyping
  • Internet of Everything
  • Web Design and Prototyping
  • Cognitive Computing

* Please note due to the rapidly changing IT industry our courses and units are subject to change.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

Assessment is a mixture of externally assessed exams and supervised practical tasks, and internally assessed assignments. In addition to high-level practical IT skills, students will also develop independent research skills, time management and personal organisation – skills valued by universities and business. All lessons are based in our up-to-date IT suites in which students have the opportunity to develop high-level skills using the latest industry standard software. The department organises visits and activities to enhance learning and also has links with local businesses and HE providers.

WHAT DOES THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

Having a qualification in IT can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. If you are considering applying to university to study computer science, software engineering, computer systems engineering, games programming, computer animation or any other related subject, then then our computing courses are ideal. However, students have used our courses as a stepping stone to a range of courses at university.

Possible career choices include:

  • Computer Programmer
  • IT Technician
  • Website Developer
  • Games Developer
  • App Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Business IT Manager

Having an IT qualification will put you in great stead for a huge range of careers, not just in IT. Valued by universities and employers, it is a great qualification to have.

WHAT CAN I DO NOW TO HELP PREPARE ME FOR THE COURSE?

The units we select for our CTEC courses focus particularly on developing software solutions.

The work is challenging but you will find these resources useful to aid the transition from school to sixth form college.

Try the online HTML & CSS tutorials on:
https://www.w3schools.com

Our Extended Diploma includes programming, download Visual Studio Community Edition free from:

https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/community

We suggest you try developing simple programs using this industry–standard software, you will find tutorials online to get you started.

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