Year 12 Curriculum

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Study Computing with Bucks UTC

All students commence their time in Year 12 on the basis they will complete 2 years of study. The starting point for each individual will depend upon the grades they have attained at GCSE (or equivalent). The different programmes of study are outlined below and deliberately flexible so each individual can benefit from as bespoke a course of learning as possible. Students are afforded a greater deal of independence and flexibility in their studies as their curriculum will be personalised to meet their goals.

In addition to the BTEC qualifications, students also get the chance to study highly valued industry leading professional qualifications in Cisco, Linux and a number of programming languages. Students will be able to explore and focus on their preferred industry sector and use these new skills to help them with obtaining potential employment, further education and apprenticeships.

Year-by-year, Professional Computing Qualifications

We want our students to be work ready. That’s why we provide industry-recognised, professional qualifications alongside BTECs, so learners have the best chance of pursuing a career in computing. We currently offer Level 2, 3 and 4 (higher education) professional qualifications, and we are the only further-education establishment in the region to provide courses with C++ Institute.

All of the courses below are run through the Cisco Netacad, except for the RedHat as this will be completed in conjunction with Rackspace.

Year 10 Computing 

Year 11 Computing 

Year 12 Computing 

Year 13 Computing 

 

+ - Level 2 Courses Available

  • CompTIA – Fundamentals

– Explaining computer components

– Installing software

– Establishing network connectivity

– Preventing security risks

+ - Level 3 Courses Available

  • Cisco IT Essentials (CompTIA A+)
– Knowledge of how computers and mobile devices operate
– Security threats and vulnerabilities like malware, phishing, spoofing and social engineering
– Install, configure, and troubleshoot computers, mobile devices, and software.
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
– Understanding Office
– Using Office
  • Cisco CCNA – Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Linux Redhat (Rackspace)
– Redhat Enterprise Linux

+ - Level 4 Courses Available

  • Cisco CCNP
– Route
– Switch
– TSHOOT
  • Cisco CCNA Security
– Network infrastructure
– Understanding core security concepts
– Managing secure access
– VPN encryption
– Firewalls, intrusion prevention

Sixth Form Options

In Sixth Form the focus is on study through increased project-based work and individual learning. Students have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in relevant work experience.
  • Take part in voluntary and community work projects.
  • Develop self-supervising skills.

Students are welcome to study Computing in our Sixth Form at either Level 3 or Level 2 entry*.

  • Level 3 entry offers students with an Extended Diploma in Computing. This is two years of comprehensive computing theory and practical work, complete with professional technical qualifications and industry experience. Alongside, students can also complete optional STEM-related A Levels. Completion of our Level 3 Programme typically progresses onto undergraduate studies or employment.
  • Level 2 entry provides a good introduction to the specialism with a Fundamentals Certificate in Computing. Alongside this, students also have the chance to complete any required GCSE retakes in Maths/English.

*Sixth Form entry routes are dependent on GCSE results.

Table for Year 12 curriculum v2

+ - Extended Diploma in Computing

Extended Diploma in Computing (Level 3)

New for 2018-19 is a two year programme that enables students to complete a combination of three courses (worth one A Level each, that may include an academic A Level option). This is designed to enable students to learn a broad range of disciplines within the computing industry, whilst gaining professional qualifications and authentic working experience. This will support progression into higher education and/or employment.

Courses available include:

  • BTEC Extended Certificate in Computing
  • BTEC Extended Certificate in Information Technology
  • BTEC Extended Certificate in Digital Media Production
  • Certificate in Work Skills

Units include:

  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Computer Networking
  • Data Modelling
  • Film Production (Fiction)
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information

+ - Additional A levels

Additional A levels

As part of our ongoing development, the UTC has been in discussions with the Insignis Multi Academy Trust (MAT) led by The Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School and we anticipate working more closely together from September 2018 to broaden the learning opportunities for students attending the UTC.

This will facilitate students being able to take additional A level qualifications that will be delivered by the Sir Henry Floyd Team. Acceptance to study A level will be subject to the Sir Henry Floyd published criteria.

Subjects available include:

  • A level Mathematics
  • A level Physics
  • A level English

+ - One year Level 2 Certificate in Computing with GCSE retake English and/or Maths

One year Level 2 Certificate in Computing with GCSE retake English and/or Maths

We are pleased to offer:

  • Level 2 BTEC in either Media or Computing
  • English and/or Maths GCSE retakes
  • Level 2 Certificate in Work Skills
  • Opportunities for industry experience, and community volunteering and charity projects

Units include:

  • Digital Media Sectors
  • Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product
  • Digital Moving Image
  • Digital Audio Production