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Prospectus
2016 Entry
@ThetfordUTP
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Thetford UTP | The Technical Baccalaureate 1
The Technical Baccalaureate
There is a world shortage of technically qualified computer and business specialists. Local and
national employers have unfilled vacancies every year for highly skilled technical roles. To address
this the Government launched the Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc), as a measure of technical
excellence.
The University Technical Programme offers you the chance to achieve the TechBacc in either
Business Marketing or Computer Programming. Over 2 years to achieve you the TechBacc you will
study one AQA Technical Level, the Extended Project Qualification, and either Level 3 Mathematical
Studies with another Level 3 qualification, or A Level Maths.
BusinessMarketingTechBacc
•What We Offer
•AQA Technical Level in Business
Marketing with options such as ICT,
Media Studies or Travel & Tourism.
•What You Will Do
•You will get in-depth knowledge of
how businesses work, market
research, customer relations, and
responsible business practices.
•You will apply this practically by
working with local and national
businesses.
•Next Steps and Progression
•You can become an Affiliate
Member of the Chartered Institute
of Marketing and could go onto a
Level 4 apprenticeship.
•You could go to university to study
marketing, business management,
or public relations (PR).
•The Right Choice
•This course is right for you if you
have a positive attitude to learning,
good attendance, are an
independent learner, and are good
at keeping to deadlines.
ProgrammingTechBacc
•What We Offer
•AQA Technical Level in Computer
Programming with options such as
Media Studies or Product Design.
•What You Will Do
•You will get in-depth knowledge of
how to develop professional
programming solutions.
• You will apply this practically by
working with developers from
universities and tech companies.
•Next Steps and Progression
•You could become a software
engineer, games developer, or web
developer.
•You could go to university to study
games development, software
engineering or computer science.
•The Right Choice
•This course is right for you if you
have a positive attitude to learning,
good attendance, are an
independent learner, and are good
at keeping to deadlines.
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Thetford UTP | Thetford University Technical Programme 2
Thetford University Technical Programme
AQA Technical Levels
At the heart of the Technical Programme are the AQA Technical Levels – courses developed by one of
England’s leading exam boards who worked in partnership with leading employers and education providers.
Each course gives in-depth technical knowledge, and requires practical application. This demonstrates to
employers and universities that you have a thorough and rounded understanding.
University
Technical
Programme
Maths
•A Level Maths
•Level 3
Mathematical
Studies
Additional
Subject
•Applied General
•A Level
(incl. A Level Maths)
Technical Level
•Business Marketing
•Programming
Extended Project
•Independent project
completed over Year
12
Industry
•Industrial Mentor
•Workplace Projects
•Technical Challenges
Subjects
• Level 3 Business Marketing
• Level 3 Programming
Method of
Assessment
• 37% External Assessment
• 63% Practical Assessment
• Double Award (“Diploma”)
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Thetford UTP | Accreditation and Recognition 3
Accreditation and Recognition
Core Maths
Many students stop studying Maths at 16 and this can prevent them from progressing onto the more highly
skilled, and better paid, technical jobs. On the Technical Programme every student will study Maths at Level
3 – if you don’t choose to study A Level Maths you will be offered AQA Level 3 Mathematical Studies.
The focus in Core Maths is on applying what you have learnt at GCSE Maths to real world situations: helping
you in your Business Marketing or Programming course.
In Year 12 you will study Papers 1 and 2A from AQA Level 3 Mathematical Studies, with the exams at the end
of the year.
Course Content
Paper 1 Paper 2A
1. Analysis of Data
2. Maths for Personal Finance
3. Estimation
4. Critical Analysis of Data and Models
5. The Normal Distribution
6. Probabilities and Estimation
7. Correlation and Regression
• Chartered Institute of
Marketing (Affiliate
Membership)
• Alfapeople (Microsoft)
• Sales Improvement
Services
• Skills CFA
• Urban Futures
• Chartered Institute for
IT (BCS)
• Microsoft
• Cisco
• Toshiba
• Edge Hill University
• University of
Bedfordshire
The AQA Technical Levels are
recognised by both Universities and
Employers.
They are both academic and applied
in nature; requiring you to learn in-
depth knowledge of the subject and
apply it in real-world situations.
Each qualification has professional,
industrial and academic
accreditation.
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Thetford UTP | Employers and Partnerships 4
Employers and Partnerships
We have partnerships with universities and employers to give you real world experience.
What employers tell us they want from anyone they employ is experience – experience of the workplace,
experience of dealing with real-world problems, experience of working with clients and customers, and
experience of working with lots of different people.
Industrial Mentors
You will have an Industrial Mentor provided through FutureFirst and Brightside.
Industrial Mentors will be specialists in their fields, and will support you throughout your course: giving
you advice and guidance, and helping you to apply your learning to the world of work.
Masterclasses and Industrial Projects
Business Marketing Students will get industrial experience with:
Leaping Hare is Thetford’s own community interest
company that runs the tourist information centre
and organises Thetford’s Great Festival each year.
The collaborative project will be delivered working
with marketing and business specialists from
Leaping Hare.
Tesco is one of Britain’s largest companies, with
marketing and customer relations at the heart of
what they do.
Tesco managers deliver Masterclasses in
responsible business practices, customer
communication and stakeholder engagement.
Programming Students will get industrial experience with:
Norfolk has one of the larget networks of software
developers and tech startups outside London.
You will get to attend the annual Norfolk Developer
Conference [nor(DEV):con].
Lecturers from Anglia Ruskin University’s Games
Development Programme will deliver
Masterclasses in Unreal Engine.
Technical Challenges will also be designed by the
computing experts at Anglia Ruskin.
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Thetford UTP | Course Outline 5
Course Outline
AQA Technical Level Business Marketing (Course Description)
The Technical Level develops programming skills to enable students to access a range of roles in customer
services, retail marketing, corporate marketing, hospitality, event management, and public relations (PR).
Course Outline:
An introduction to the establishment, growth and survival of a business. Key concepts and
terminology of marketing and how it fits within the organisation. Understanding legal, ethical and
social concerns influencing business activities. Marketing research and the roles and functions within
this area of marketing.
There is a capstone Collaborative Project that will be developed in conjunction with industry
specialists.
Scheme of Assessment:
8 Units which must all be completed to achieve the qualification.
UNIT TITLE ASSESSMENT TYPE
1 Competitive Business Environment External examination
2 Marketing principles External examination
3 Customer communications Internally centre assessed
4 Digital essentials Internally centre assessed
5 Responsible business practices External examination
6 Marketing research Internally centre assessed
7 Stakeholder engagement Internally centre assessed
8 Collaborative project Internally centre assessed
AQA Technical Level Programming (Course Description)
The Technical Level develops programming skills to enable students to access a range of roles in software
development, computer science and to access a Software Development Apprenticeship.
Course Outline:
The theory, practices and concepts associated with high quality professional programming solutions,
designed and developed to meet client requirements.
Students will learn how to develop software solutions for website and mobile applications, using
object-oriented design, event-driven programming, and applying fundamental programming
principles and maths for computing.
There is a capstone Industrial Project that will be developed in conjunction with industry specialists.
Scheme of Assessment:
8 Units which must all be completed to achieve the qualification.
UNIT TITLE ASSESSMENT TYPE
1 Fundamental Principles of Computing External examination
2 Computer Programming External examination
3 Website Technologies Internally centre assessed
4 Mobile Applications Programming Internally centre assessed
5 Mathematics for Programmers External examination
6 Event Driven Programming Internally centre assessed
7 Object Oriented Programming Internally centre assessed
8 Industrial Project Internally centre assessed
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Thetford UTP | Entry Profile 6
Entry Profile
Typical student entry profiles:
Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc)
To achieve the TechBacc you will study one Technical Level, the Extended Project Qualification, and either
Level 3 Mathematical Studies with another Level 3 qualification, or A Level Maths.
Business Marketing Programming
Core Academic 5 A*-C (incl. English and Maths) 5 A*-C (incl. English and Maths)
Course Specific A*-C Business Studies, or
D*-M Performing Arts, or
A*-C English Language and Literature
(A*-B in either)
A*-B Computing, or
A*-B Maths, or
A*-B Double Science
Student Profile Positive attitude to learning, good attendance, independent learner, good at
keeping to deadlines.
Recommended Coursing Options:
Technical AQA Level 3 Technical Level in Business Marketing or Programming
EPQ AQA Level 3 Extended Project Qualification
Maths AQA Level 3 Mathematical Studies A Level Maths
Option
Level 3 Cambridge Technical ICT
Level 3 BTEC Travel & Tourism
A Level Media Studies
A Level Product Design
Technical Baccalaureate+ (FastTrack)
FastTrack students would study the Technical Baccalaureate with A Level Maths, and an additional A
Level or Applied General qualification.
Business Marketing Programming
Core Academic 6 A*-B (incl. English and Maths) 6 A*-B (incl. English and Maths)
Course Specific A*-B Maths, and
A*-B English Language or Literature
A*-B Computing, and
A*-B Maths
Student Profile Positive attitude to learning, good attendance, independent learner, good at
keeping to deadlines.
Recommended Coursing Options:
Technical AQA Level 3 Technical Level in Business Marketing or Programming
EPQ AQA Level 3 Extended Project Qualification
Maths A Level Maths
Option
A Level Further Maths Level 3 Cambridge Technical ICT
A Level Physics Level 3 BTEC Travel & Tourism
A Level Product Design A Level Media Studies
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Thetford UTP | More Information 7
More Information
You can contact the staff below for more information on the University Technical
Programme. The Programme is open to all Year 11 students – you don’t have to be a
Thetford Academy student to apply.
If you want more information on the University Technical Programme, the TechBacc
in general or the Technical in Programming then please contact:
Mr D Kinnen – davidkinnen@inspirationtrust.org
@ThetfordUTP
For more information on the Technical in Business Marketing please contact
Mrs A Warnekey – amywarnekey@inspirationtrust.org
@TTA_Enterprise
How to Apply
To apply please contact Mrs Fields (fields.s@thetfordacademy.com) who is the
Administrator of the Sixth Form at Thetford Academy.
@ThetfordUTP
Thetford University Technical Programme
Thetford Academy
Croxton Road
Thetford
IP24 1LH
T: 01842 754875
http://www.inspirationtrust.org/our_schools/the_thetford_academy/

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2016 UTP Prospectus (Final)

  • 2. @ThetfordUTP Thetford UTP | The Technical Baccalaureate 1 The Technical Baccalaureate There is a world shortage of technically qualified computer and business specialists. Local and national employers have unfilled vacancies every year for highly skilled technical roles. To address this the Government launched the Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc), as a measure of technical excellence. The University Technical Programme offers you the chance to achieve the TechBacc in either Business Marketing or Computer Programming. Over 2 years to achieve you the TechBacc you will study one AQA Technical Level, the Extended Project Qualification, and either Level 3 Mathematical Studies with another Level 3 qualification, or A Level Maths. BusinessMarketingTechBacc •What We Offer •AQA Technical Level in Business Marketing with options such as ICT, Media Studies or Travel & Tourism. •What You Will Do •You will get in-depth knowledge of how businesses work, market research, customer relations, and responsible business practices. •You will apply this practically by working with local and national businesses. •Next Steps and Progression •You can become an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and could go onto a Level 4 apprenticeship. •You could go to university to study marketing, business management, or public relations (PR). •The Right Choice •This course is right for you if you have a positive attitude to learning, good attendance, are an independent learner, and are good at keeping to deadlines. ProgrammingTechBacc •What We Offer •AQA Technical Level in Computer Programming with options such as Media Studies or Product Design. •What You Will Do •You will get in-depth knowledge of how to develop professional programming solutions. • You will apply this practically by working with developers from universities and tech companies. •Next Steps and Progression •You could become a software engineer, games developer, or web developer. •You could go to university to study games development, software engineering or computer science. •The Right Choice •This course is right for you if you have a positive attitude to learning, good attendance, are an independent learner, and are good at keeping to deadlines.
  • 3. @ThetfordUTP Thetford UTP | Thetford University Technical Programme 2 Thetford University Technical Programme AQA Technical Levels At the heart of the Technical Programme are the AQA Technical Levels – courses developed by one of England’s leading exam boards who worked in partnership with leading employers and education providers. Each course gives in-depth technical knowledge, and requires practical application. This demonstrates to employers and universities that you have a thorough and rounded understanding. University Technical Programme Maths •A Level Maths •Level 3 Mathematical Studies Additional Subject •Applied General •A Level (incl. A Level Maths) Technical Level •Business Marketing •Programming Extended Project •Independent project completed over Year 12 Industry •Industrial Mentor •Workplace Projects •Technical Challenges Subjects • Level 3 Business Marketing • Level 3 Programming Method of Assessment • 37% External Assessment • 63% Practical Assessment • Double Award (“Diploma”)
  • 4. @ThetfordUTP Thetford UTP | Accreditation and Recognition 3 Accreditation and Recognition Core Maths Many students stop studying Maths at 16 and this can prevent them from progressing onto the more highly skilled, and better paid, technical jobs. On the Technical Programme every student will study Maths at Level 3 – if you don’t choose to study A Level Maths you will be offered AQA Level 3 Mathematical Studies. The focus in Core Maths is on applying what you have learnt at GCSE Maths to real world situations: helping you in your Business Marketing or Programming course. In Year 12 you will study Papers 1 and 2A from AQA Level 3 Mathematical Studies, with the exams at the end of the year. Course Content Paper 1 Paper 2A 1. Analysis of Data 2. Maths for Personal Finance 3. Estimation 4. Critical Analysis of Data and Models 5. The Normal Distribution 6. Probabilities and Estimation 7. Correlation and Regression • Chartered Institute of Marketing (Affiliate Membership) • Alfapeople (Microsoft) • Sales Improvement Services • Skills CFA • Urban Futures • Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) • Microsoft • Cisco • Toshiba • Edge Hill University • University of Bedfordshire The AQA Technical Levels are recognised by both Universities and Employers. They are both academic and applied in nature; requiring you to learn in- depth knowledge of the subject and apply it in real-world situations. Each qualification has professional, industrial and academic accreditation.
  • 5. @ThetfordUTP Thetford UTP | Employers and Partnerships 4 Employers and Partnerships We have partnerships with universities and employers to give you real world experience. What employers tell us they want from anyone they employ is experience – experience of the workplace, experience of dealing with real-world problems, experience of working with clients and customers, and experience of working with lots of different people. Industrial Mentors You will have an Industrial Mentor provided through FutureFirst and Brightside. Industrial Mentors will be specialists in their fields, and will support you throughout your course: giving you advice and guidance, and helping you to apply your learning to the world of work. Masterclasses and Industrial Projects Business Marketing Students will get industrial experience with: Leaping Hare is Thetford’s own community interest company that runs the tourist information centre and organises Thetford’s Great Festival each year. The collaborative project will be delivered working with marketing and business specialists from Leaping Hare. Tesco is one of Britain’s largest companies, with marketing and customer relations at the heart of what they do. Tesco managers deliver Masterclasses in responsible business practices, customer communication and stakeholder engagement. Programming Students will get industrial experience with: Norfolk has one of the larget networks of software developers and tech startups outside London. You will get to attend the annual Norfolk Developer Conference [nor(DEV):con]. Lecturers from Anglia Ruskin University’s Games Development Programme will deliver Masterclasses in Unreal Engine. Technical Challenges will also be designed by the computing experts at Anglia Ruskin.
  • 6. @ThetfordUTP Thetford UTP | Course Outline 5 Course Outline AQA Technical Level Business Marketing (Course Description) The Technical Level develops programming skills to enable students to access a range of roles in customer services, retail marketing, corporate marketing, hospitality, event management, and public relations (PR). Course Outline: An introduction to the establishment, growth and survival of a business. Key concepts and terminology of marketing and how it fits within the organisation. Understanding legal, ethical and social concerns influencing business activities. Marketing research and the roles and functions within this area of marketing. There is a capstone Collaborative Project that will be developed in conjunction with industry specialists. Scheme of Assessment: 8 Units which must all be completed to achieve the qualification. UNIT TITLE ASSESSMENT TYPE 1 Competitive Business Environment External examination 2 Marketing principles External examination 3 Customer communications Internally centre assessed 4 Digital essentials Internally centre assessed 5 Responsible business practices External examination 6 Marketing research Internally centre assessed 7 Stakeholder engagement Internally centre assessed 8 Collaborative project Internally centre assessed AQA Technical Level Programming (Course Description) The Technical Level develops programming skills to enable students to access a range of roles in software development, computer science and to access a Software Development Apprenticeship. Course Outline: The theory, practices and concepts associated with high quality professional programming solutions, designed and developed to meet client requirements. Students will learn how to develop software solutions for website and mobile applications, using object-oriented design, event-driven programming, and applying fundamental programming principles and maths for computing. There is a capstone Industrial Project that will be developed in conjunction with industry specialists. Scheme of Assessment: 8 Units which must all be completed to achieve the qualification. UNIT TITLE ASSESSMENT TYPE 1 Fundamental Principles of Computing External examination 2 Computer Programming External examination 3 Website Technologies Internally centre assessed 4 Mobile Applications Programming Internally centre assessed 5 Mathematics for Programmers External examination 6 Event Driven Programming Internally centre assessed 7 Object Oriented Programming Internally centre assessed 8 Industrial Project Internally centre assessed
  • 7. @ThetfordUTP Thetford UTP | Entry Profile 6 Entry Profile Typical student entry profiles: Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc) To achieve the TechBacc you will study one Technical Level, the Extended Project Qualification, and either Level 3 Mathematical Studies with another Level 3 qualification, or A Level Maths. Business Marketing Programming Core Academic 5 A*-C (incl. English and Maths) 5 A*-C (incl. English and Maths) Course Specific A*-C Business Studies, or D*-M Performing Arts, or A*-C English Language and Literature (A*-B in either) A*-B Computing, or A*-B Maths, or A*-B Double Science Student Profile Positive attitude to learning, good attendance, independent learner, good at keeping to deadlines. Recommended Coursing Options: Technical AQA Level 3 Technical Level in Business Marketing or Programming EPQ AQA Level 3 Extended Project Qualification Maths AQA Level 3 Mathematical Studies A Level Maths Option Level 3 Cambridge Technical ICT Level 3 BTEC Travel & Tourism A Level Media Studies A Level Product Design Technical Baccalaureate+ (FastTrack) FastTrack students would study the Technical Baccalaureate with A Level Maths, and an additional A Level or Applied General qualification. Business Marketing Programming Core Academic 6 A*-B (incl. English and Maths) 6 A*-B (incl. English and Maths) Course Specific A*-B Maths, and A*-B English Language or Literature A*-B Computing, and A*-B Maths Student Profile Positive attitude to learning, good attendance, independent learner, good at keeping to deadlines. Recommended Coursing Options: Technical AQA Level 3 Technical Level in Business Marketing or Programming EPQ AQA Level 3 Extended Project Qualification Maths A Level Maths Option A Level Further Maths Level 3 Cambridge Technical ICT A Level Physics Level 3 BTEC Travel & Tourism A Level Product Design A Level Media Studies
  • 8. @ThetfordUTP Thetford UTP | More Information 7 More Information You can contact the staff below for more information on the University Technical Programme. The Programme is open to all Year 11 students – you don’t have to be a Thetford Academy student to apply. If you want more information on the University Technical Programme, the TechBacc in general or the Technical in Programming then please contact: Mr D Kinnen – davidkinnen@inspirationtrust.org @ThetfordUTP For more information on the Technical in Business Marketing please contact Mrs A Warnekey – amywarnekey@inspirationtrust.org @TTA_Enterprise How to Apply To apply please contact Mrs Fields (fields.s@thetfordacademy.com) who is the Administrator of the Sixth Form at Thetford Academy. @ThetfordUTP Thetford University Technical Programme Thetford Academy Croxton Road Thetford IP24 1LH T: 01842 754875 http://www.inspirationtrust.org/our_schools/the_thetford_academy/