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Information Technology OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 3 at DO NOT USE - Herne Bay High School (Learners)

Course description


This course is delivered over two years and is the equvialent of one A Level.

The OCR Cambridge Technicals in IT at Level 3 offer students a more in-depth look at IT in the modern workplace, and give an insight into its role in specialist careers.

As an alternative to Applied GCE, or similar exam-based courses, these qualifications provide ongoing learning and assessment of the practical skills and knowledge required to succeed in ICT-related careers.

It offers a wide range of units to cover specialist career skills such as web hosting and design, maintaining computer systems and even programming for gaming and animation. 

All units are internally assessed by the teaching staff and then externally moderated by an OCR Visiting Moderator. There are no external tests or exams.  All individual units are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.  Awards and Certificates are graded in the same way.

This is a practical course which allows students to develop skills and understanding through application to real life situations. Students practice and develop IT and work place skills used in a wide range of organisations. It is a ‘Doing’ course. Skills and knowledge are work based and the course can allow for specialism.

UCAS points: If you take a qualification at Level 3, you can earn points on the 'UCAS Tariff' for entry into higher education.

Distinction(grade A equivalent)120 Ucas Points
Merit (grade C equivalent) 80 Ucas Points
Pass (grade E equivalent) 40 Ucas Points




Course content

Please see 'Assessment'

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of A* - C, including Maths and English. In addition ICT GCSE at a minimum grade B or Credit on a vocational course


Type of Assessment

Mandatory Units

Communication and Employability Skills for IT

This unit will equip students to use a variety of communication skills, and provide them with an understanding of the skills an employer wants and how to adapt the message to their audience.

Coursework – December of year one


Information Systems

This unit demonstrates the types of information held in the workplace, how it can be used to gain a competitive edge and how it must comply with legislation

Coursework – March of year one


Optional Units


Most businesses also operate on the internet; this unit gives students the opportunity to create an e-commerce strategy and the knowledge that underpins it.

Coursework – July of year one.


Project planning with IT

Creating project plans, undertaking them and evaluating their success are the aims of this unit, which provides students with a valuable transferable skill.

Coursework – December of year two

To Be Advised

Plus two other optional units which could be from a number of areas such as gaming, website production, animation or interactive media.

Coursework – March/July of year two

Future opportunities

This short course offers you a specialist qualification for working in areas of Information, Communication and Technology . It could lead onto other vocational qualifications such as a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in ICT or an NVQ or Apprenticeship programmes in IT Practitioners. With further training, you could go into a job related to ICT such as a IT Technician or Software Developer. You will also find this qualification useful for entering a range of careers. The course also provides you with the basic ICT knowledge, understanding and skills that many employers are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 October 2012
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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