Investigate Creative Computing including Networking (BTEC)

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Description

This exciting and practical course has been designed to meet the needs of the British networking industry.
The 180-credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma extends and deepens the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Diploma. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels.

Course content

Unit Details 1 Communication and Employment Skills for IT The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners understand both the personal attributes valued by employers…

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This exciting and practical course has been designed to meet the needs of the British networking industry.
The 180-credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma extends and deepens the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Diploma. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels.

Course content

Unit Details 1 Communication and Employment Skills for IT The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs. 2 Computer Systems The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems. 3 Information Systems The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand how organisations use information and the surrounding use of information, know about information systems and develop the skills necessary to produce management information. 5 Managing Networks The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand network management functions and develop the knowledge and skills needed to use the tools and technologies available to the network manager. 7 Organisational System Security The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand potential threats to IT systems and the organisational issues related to IT security, and know how to keep systems and data secure from these threats. 9 Computer Networks The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand the key components of networked systems, know about network protocols and the services provided by network systems and develop the skills required to ensure network security. 10 Communications Technology The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand the communication principles of computer networks know the elements of data communications systems and develop the skills to implement network communications. 12 IT Technical Support The aim of this unit is to enable learners to use their understanding of technical support tools and techniques and organisational policies and procedures to source technical information and communicate advice and guidance to resolve technical problems. 13 System trouble Shooting and Repair The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop the skills to troubleshoot, find appropriate remedies and repair a range of hardware and software faults in computer systems. The unit will also ensure learners understand how organisational policies can affect troubleshooting activities. 29 Installing and Upgrading Software The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners follow the necessary procedures to successfully install new software and update existing software when required. 31 Computer Animation The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand types of animation and their uses and develop the knowledge and skills required to use software techniques to design and implement different types of animation. 32 Network Security The aim of this unit is to ensure learners know about the types and sources of network attacks and how to protect against them and to develop the skills and understanding needed to plan for and protect a networked system. Vendor Based Units – Industry Relevant Units 101 CCNA Networking for Homes and Small Businesses (Discovery 1) This unit teaches students the skills needed to obtain entry-level home network installer jobs. It also helps students develop some of the skills needed to become network technicians, computer technicians, cable installers, and help desk technicians. It provides a hands-on introduction to networking and the internet using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. 102 CCNA Working at a Small to Medium Business or ISP (Discovery 2) This unit prepares students for jobs as network technicians and helps them develop additional skills required for computer technicians and help desk technicians. It provides a basic overview of routing and remote access, addressing, and security. It also familiarizes students with servers that provide email services, web space, and authenticated access. Students learn about the soft skills required for help desk and customer service positions. Network monitoring and basic troubleshooting skills are taught in context. 103 CCNA Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise (Discovery 3) This unit familiarizes students with the equipment applications and protocols installed in enterprise networks, with a focus on switched networks, IP Telephony requirements, and security. It also introduces advanced routing protocols such as Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol. Hands-on exercises, including configuration, installation, and troubleshooting, reinforce student learning. 104 CCNA Designing and Supporting Computer Networks (Discovery 4) 4) This course introduces students to network design processes using two examples; a large enterprise network and a medium-size company network. Students follow a standard design process to expand and upgrade each network, which includes requirements gathering, proof-of-concept, and project management. Lifecycle services, including upgrades, competitive analyses, and system integration form part of the core learning. 111 Cisco IT Essentials (Optional Unit) This unit provides an introduction to the IT industry and in-depth exposure to personal computers, hardware, and operating systems. Students learn the functionality of various hardware and software components and best practices in maintenance and safety issues. Only students recommended by the lecturer will be able to take this unit.

  • 1 Communication and Employment Skills for IT
  • 2 Computer Systems
  • 3 Information Systems
  • 5 Managing Networks
  • 7 Organisational System Security
  • 9 Computer Networks
  • 10 Communications Technology
  • 12 IT Technical Support
  • 13 System trouble Shooting and Repair
  • 29 Installing and Upgrading Software
  • 31 Computer Animation
  • 32 Network Security
  • Vendor Based Units – Industry Relevant Units 101 CCNA Networking for Homes and Small Businesses (Discovery 1)
  • 102 CCNA Working at a Small to Medium Business or ISP (Discovery 2)
  • 103 CCNA Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise (Discovery 3)
  • 104 CCNA Designing and Supporting Computer Networks (Discovery 4)
  • 111 Cisco IT Essentials (Optional Unit)

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are four GCSEs at grade C including Mathematics and English. We will accept a D in English and a C in Mathematic or vice versa but you must have four GCSEs at grade C overall and a good report. Or a Merit/Distinction at BTEC First Diploma including GCSE Maths and English grade C, or equivalent Level 2 qualification and a good report.

Delivery & Assessment methods

In BTEC Nationals all units are internally assessed with the exception of vendor units, which are assessed through vendor-set external examination. All assessment for BTEC Nationals is criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction: 1. to achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria 2. to achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria 3. to achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria. Learners who complete the unit but who do not meet all the pass criteria are graded ‘unclassified’. Assignments emphasise the practical application of the assessment and grading criteria, providing a realistic scenario for learners to adopt, and making maximum use of practical activities and work experience where ever possible.

Progression

Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a higher education foundation degree, HND or other professional development programme. Other learners may want to extend the specialist nature of the subjects they studied on the BTEC Level 3 Diploma or another programme of study.

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