Unit Specs

Knowledge

The knowledge portion will be completed in academy for a total of 23 weeks attended, 46 weeks total. 

This is a City and Guilds diploma:

K3 - Diploma For ICT Professionals (Systems and Principles) (QCF) 
K3a 600/6124/8 City & Guilds (120 credits needed)

Note that work is assessed as being either pass, merit or distinction. The assessment criteria in each assignment will make it very clear how you will be able to achieve a distinction.

There are three "strands" to the knowledge modules. This means that they can be customised to suit three roles:
  • Technical Support
  • Software Development - OOP/ Procedural
  • Applications Tester
The green units below will be assessed in workshops that will allow you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge according to your role.

Knowledge Units for Technical Support

400 – Project Management 
401 – Effective Communications in Business 
402 – Systems Development 
403 – Personal and Professional development 

404 – Business Skills for e-Commerce 
413 – Emerging Technologies 
428 – Systems Analysis and Design 
345 – Principles of ICT and System Security 

408 – Data Communications and Networks

Knowledge Units for Software Development

400 – Project Management 
401 – Effective Communications in Business 
402 – Systems Development 
403 – Personal and Professional development 

404 – Business Skills for e-Commerce 
413 – Emerging Technologies 
428 – Systems Analysis and Design 
345 – Principles of ICT and System Security 

421/ 423 – OOP or Procedural Programming

Knowledge for Applications Tester

400 – Project Management 
401 – Effective Communications in Business 
402 – Systems Development 
403 – Personal and Professional development 

404 – Business Skills for e-Commerce 
413 – Emerging Technologies 
428 – Systems Analysis and Design 
345 – Principles of ICT and System Security 

426 – Software Application Testing


Key

Red= Mandatory
Blue = Additional
Green = Based on role

Knowledge Specifications

The unit specifications documents are essential. They define all learning outcomes for the units (what you should learn) and link directly to the assignments. Ensure that you read through your units to gain an understanding of what the unit covers, it learning outcomes and reflect on how you might meet or exceed the criteria.

Competence 

This is an Edexcel diploma:

C1 - Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals
C1b 501/1292/2 Pearson Edexcel (80 credits needed)

As this is competency it is assessed as either pass or fail. It is evidencing your competency in the workplace, therefore you are either competent or your are not.

As these are competency units it is possible to be much for flexible and assign units that match you and your role better. Here are examples that match the strands defined above in the knowledge portion of your apprenticeship.

Competence Units for Technical Support

Competence Units for Technical Support

Competence Units for Software Developer
Competence Units for Software Developer

Competence Units for Applications Tester
Competence Units for Applications Tester

Competence Specifications

The EdExcel competency specification document can be found below. Note that this document contains all units at level 2, 3, and 4. Make sure that you reference the correct level for the unit. It might be beneficial to compare a level 4 unit to the level 3 equivalent to gain an understanding of the difference.


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