Open Systems IT Management – QAN:601/4276/5

Purpose Statement

This qualification was designed with a number of organisations to offer post-16 students an introduction to the Linux operating system which now dominates the Internet.  The qualification is a preparation for the official certification exam from the LPI (Linux Professional Institute) known as Linux Essentials.  The TLM Technical Certificate is made more suitable as an introduction to post-16 students and also attracts 16-19 Performance Points for schools and colleges.

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Who is the qualification for?

This is a substantial Level 2 Technical Certificate of 150 guided learning hours. It is designed for students that want to work as systems or network managers in organisations deploying Posix based infrastructure. This includes Linux, and BSD derivatives such as Mac OS. A typically related standard occupation code is 3131 administrator, computer. The content of the qualification is specifically related to the tasks required to administer computer systems running open source network operating software. While not mandatory, a Level 1 or equivalent qualification in computing, computer science or IT will be an advantage and candidates should have achieved or be realistically in the process of achieving at least grade Cs in mathematics and English at GCSE or equivalent functional skills.

Who might be interested in taking this course?

Linux is the most widely used operating system in use today, in various forms such as Android or in devices that are part of the Internet of Everything.  Students taking this course will get an excellent grounding in the Linux operating system and open source technologies.  It will also cover issues of networks and networking technologies.  With Linux controlling over 80% of all Internet sites, this skill is invaluable in any career with a focus on digital technologies as well as being good for preparing for an academic course in IT Management.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification could lead to direct employment in any company that needs IT infra-structural support for computers and/or networks running open source operating software. For example a small business that runs Linux servers, firewalls or desktop computers. Since most of the principles are common to all operating systems, the transition from open source to proprietary systems could be made on the job with a small allowance of time and familiarising with a different environment. It is likely that a Level 2 candidate would be inducted into a junior position which would be supported with further experience before taking full responsibility for an entire installation. There are Level 3 Tech levels planned as a progression route from this certificate referenced to the Linux Professional Institute's LPIC 1 and LPIC 2 certificates. 

Recent document listing jobs and demand in Open Source OpenSourceJobsReport_2016

What will the student study?

The qualification units are indicative of the content. 

  • Understanding global software communities and their products (40 GLH)

  • Using an operating system efficiently (40 GLH)
  • Managing Computer Hardware, Data and Networks (40 GLH)
  • Carry out an IT Systems Management Project (30 GLH)

What knowledge and skills will the student develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?

As indicated above, student will learn how Linux fits in to open source products and services and how this community functions to make free and open source software, as well as paid for services.  The students will use these acquired skills to carry out a real-world IT project and et first hand experience about how to work as part of an IT team and access the massive community resources that exist round open source.  Students can carry on with higher level courses in the LPI series as far as Level 5 post graduate level studies.  This can be done either at University or as part of CPD (Continuing professional Development) within ann IT organisation.

This qualification could lead to direct employment in any company that needs IT infra-structural support for computers and/or networks running open source operating software. For example a small business that runs Linux servers, firewalls or desktop computers. Since most of the principles are common to all operating systems, the transition from open source to proprietary systems could be made on the job with a small allowance of time and familiarising with a different environment. It is likely that a Level 2 candidate would be inducted into a junior position which would be supported with further experience before taking full responsibility for an entire installation. There are Level 3 Tech levels planned as a progression route from this certificate referenced to the Linux Professional Institute's LPIC 1 and LPIC 2 certificates. 

Will the qualification lead to further learning?

There is a wide range of further learning and development opportunities that can be accessed from this qualification. It would provide a sound background for level 3 study in a subject with a significant digital technologies component. Examples include, Computer Science, IT, Digital Media and the more specific Linux Professional certificates such as Red Hat Systems Engineer and LPIC 1 and 2 certificates of the Linux Professional Institute. Candidates need to be aware that in this industry there are new complex tools being made available all the time and they will not survive in employment if they don't adopt a life-long learning approach that includes taking responsibility for their own updating.  Joining Open Source Communities is a good way of supplementing any formal courses in further or higher education. Increasing the breadth of their experience through courses leading to qualifications in computing, computer science or IT related activities will help them become more employable in a wider range of occupations and will provide a broader base for managing large and complex installations. 

Demand for skills

There is clear demand for skills in the open source job market.

  • 93% of respondent employers plan to hire at least one Linux professional within the next six months.
  • 90% of employers say it's difficult to find professionals with Linux skills.
  • The average increase in pay for staffers with Linux experience from January 2012 to January 2013 was a healthy 9%.

Source (DICE)

You can track open source jobs in London here

This qualification provides a practical technical dimension that prepares students for systems management. It equips the student with transferable knowledge in the domain of digital technologies, underpinning a specific emphasis on practical network management skills and underpinning the Linux Professional Institute examination "Linux Essentials"  As a result, it is a suitable basis for providing a route directly into employment or for further practical or academic study in the wider field of digital technologies. The emphasis on open systems supports government policies for achieving best value and understanding issues related to intellectual property and lock-in to particular suppliers.

Which subjects will complement this course?

Linux and open source applications cover all aspects of IT usage so this course would compliment any other subject areas.  It would be an ideal L2 qualification for any A Level students to undertake to enhance their employability after University or as a starting point for deeper studies in computing with an open source emphasis.

Endorsements

Trade Body

OpenUK-Logo-V1-WhiteBG-500x200OpenUK Endorsement

LPI-Logo-Third LPI_Letter_of_Endorsement (1)

Academic

 

Employment

First FirstGroup Letter Supporting open source qualifications

naace-transparent-logo Support for Open Systems IT Management NAACE

Saffron_interactive_logo Saffron – Letter of recommendation

150x42UKFast TLM Endorsement Letter 20160719 v2

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