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ICT - OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate/Extended Certificate in IT at Allerton High School Business and Enterprise Specialist School

Course description

This qualification is designed for learners 16 years old or over who want to continue their education through applied learning by developing their knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and global information systems.  It is designed to be taken alongside other qualifications (such as Level 3 vocational Cambridge Technicals in Business, Digital Media and/or A Level Computing, English or Mathematics) within a 16-19 study programme, primarily to support the main subjects.

Students of L3 Cambridge Technicals in IT will develop essential knowledge, transferable skills and personal skills in a subject area that interests them with the aim of enhancing their employability.  Learners will also have the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and tools for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication. 

Achievement of this qualification can support progression to go on and study in a Higher Education institution either on relevant IT degrees such as Computing and Technology or Business IT or support progression on to other degree courses.


Course content

Certificate in IT

Learners will take two mandatory units to achieve this qualification, Fundamentals of IT and Global Information Systems, both of which are externally assessed.  The units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale and important legal and security considerations.

The mandatory units also assist in the development of transferrable skills valued by Higher Education institutions such as communication and problem solving.

Extended Certificate in IT

Learners will take five units to achieve this qualification.  There are three mandatory units that are externally assessed.  These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global Information and Cyber Security.  The first two mandatory units are detailed in the Certificate above.  The third mandatory unit reflects an important development around information security and requires learners to consider how data should be protected and the response of the IT sector to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism.  Learners must then take two of the four optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR.  The optional units incude Project Management, Product Development, Systems Analysis and Design and the Internet of Everything.


Entry requirements

You should have achieved 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-5 or equivalent including English and Maths, one of which must be GCSE ICT or equivalent or GCSE Computer Science. Minimum grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths is essential.


There are two externally assessed units for the Certificate and three for the Extended Certificate

Future opportunities

What progression opportunities do Cambridge Technicals provide?

The great thing about them is that they still give you a choice of opportunities once you’ve completed them. The three choices open to you are:

Employment, where you can put your new practical skills towards generating an income

Further education, such as a higher-level qualification at school or college

Higher education, such as a degree course at university.

Access to higher education is possible if you take the Level 3 qualifications because they have UCAS points.      

Further information

For more information please contact Mr Henson at Allerton High School on Leeds 2034770.

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: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770