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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

CTEC

Ready for an exciting and rewarding future? This is IT!

There are few faster-paced or more exciting courses in further education than Information Technology.

The world is abuzz with technology. Everything you watch, read or hear is produced by computers. Virtual reality, augmented reality, the internet, your phone – they all depend on a complex network of servers.

As you’d expect, there’s never been a greater demand for qualified IT professionals.

Which is where you come in.

On this wide-ranging course you’ll learn how networks work. How computers are built. And how messages are relayed across networks, using computers.

All students will power through these five modules during the coursae, with progress assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams:

  • Fundamentals of IT
  • Global Information
  • Computer Networks
  • Product Development
  • System Analysis and Design

LESSON TIME!

In today’s session we’ll be covering cyber security – one of the greatest threats to modern times.

You’ll doubtless have heard about more than one high-profile data breach, conducted by a nefarious code warrior.

Watch this lesson to find out:

  • What’s a cyber attack
  • Who commits cyber attacks
  • How they happen

We’ll give you a sneak peek. Cyber attacks expose, disable, alter, steal or destroy information – or assume control of computers or networks.

There are three kinds of cyber attacker. Cyber criminals – anyone who commits crime using computers. Hacktivists are cyber criminals, but bring down servers or destroy information under the veil of a just cause. And script kiddies use others’ code to commit online crime.

Cyber crime happens in many different ways. A virus might bring down your network after you forgot to update your security application. The Wannacry malware attack of 2017 brought down many parts of the NHS’ digital systems after exploiting out-of-date software.

Cyber Security is one module you’ll study during your first year of Information Technology at Xaverian College.

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What’s next?

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There are endless opportunities for anyone with a passion for problem-solving – the bedrock skill of Information Technology.

Here are just a few ideas to help you firm up your ambitions of what you might strive to accomplish beyond Xaverian College:

  • Animator
  • AutoCAD officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Computer programmer
  • Cloud engineer
  • Data scientist
  • DevOps engineer
  • Graphic designer
  • Hardware engineer
  • IT security officer
  • Network architect
  • Project manager
  • Robotics engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • User interface developer

You might want to either spend all your time studying at university, or consider applying for a higher or degree apprenticeship – getting straight into work and earning while you’re learning.

On an apprenticeship you’ll spend 80% of your time in the workplace, and 20% studying towards a degree-level qualification. This means it will take longer to complete a course of study.

If you want the full university experience you’ll be more inclined to sign up for an undergraduate degree.

Your Pastoral Manager and the Careers team here at Xaverian can help you make the right decision.

Fundamentals of IT: 

External Exam

Global Information: 

External Exam

Computer Networks

Internally Assessed

Product Development

Internally Assessed

System Analysis and Design

Internally Assessed

Entry requirements:

Six passes at GCSE including two at grade 6 or above

Course specific entry requirements:

Grade 4 from English Language recommended

Course duration:

2 years

Assessment methods:

Coursework and exams

Course type:

Cambridge Technical

Exam board:

OCR

Information Technology is a practical course. You will learn by completing different tasks and pieces of coursework – plus exams, which are based on realistic workplace situations and activities. You will focus on specific topics in turn and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge in those areas.

You will work with a number of teachers in parallel, meaning you will be working on one, two or three assignments at any one time. The course is taken alongside other qualifications such as A-levels or BTECs.

Xaverian is the perfect place for the diversity of cultures there are here and all the different views and opinions. The professional atmosphere fills everyone with success and comfort.

Cristian Lupascu, ICT CTEC

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