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ICT Cambridge Technical Level 3 at Maricourt Catholic High School

Course description

The course builds on, and extends, the topics studied in Information and Communication Technology at level 2 enabling students to develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge as a basis for progression into further ICT related fields. Students acquire knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and application of information systems within a range of organisations. The course focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.

Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations.

The Cambridge Technicals in IT have had collaborative support from a range of employers and universities including BT, Barclays, Cisco, CompTIA, IBM, Naace, Birmingham City University, University of Bath, and Anglia Ruskin University.

Course content

The Cambridge Technicals Diploma consists of two mandatory examined units (Unit 1 and Unit 2) based on a pre- released case study along with three additional units from a choice of four strands.

To achieve the full qualification, students will complete a total of 5 units across two years.

Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT

In this unit, students will gain a sound understanding of IT technologies and practices essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will create a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.

After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding developed will underpin study for the additional units.

Unit 2: Global Information

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the Internet, by individuals and organisations. This unit will provide students with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give students knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn about how individuals use information of various types.

Along with the two mandatory examined units, students will complete one of four pathways to achieve the full qualification.

For example, if studying the Application Developer pathway, students will complete the mandatory ‘Application Design’ unit for the strand as well as two additional units from a choice 0f 10 units.

The application Design unit focuses on the development of a range of applications across platforms and sectors. We’ve made sure your students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century, enabling them to demonstrate the skills of writing specifications, and the design, build, testing and implementation of applications.

Other possible strands include Data Analyst, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner and IT Infrastructure Technician

Entry requirements

Apart from having an interest in the subject you will need to gain a Distinction at level 2 for the dual award or have at least a grade C in Computing along with the general school acceptance policy and a grade B in English.

As well as meeting the entry requirements, student’s suitability for the course will be considered on an individual basis by teacher recommendation in consultation with Miss Burke, the Curriculum Leader for Computing and ICT.


The two mandatory units are examined units that are externally assessed.

The three optional units will be internally assessed and externally verified by a visiting moderator

Cambridge Technicals provide a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points.

Future opportunities

The course provides you with the opportunity for acquiring advanced ICT knowledge and understanding of highly marketable skills. It provides an excellent platform for many courses for higher education and opportunities in the workplace.

Further information

All units are co-teachable across AS/A2 level

Students should be prepared to work outside class time; we have a strict policy on homework and deadline submissions.

The optional units/strands will be chosen in consultation with the tutor and fully supported through centre based booklet and e-portfolio resources.

Further advice, individual needs or special considerations can be addressed with Miss Burke, Curriculum Leader for Computing and ICT.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maricourt Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 February 2017

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