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OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Learners will take six units, made up of two core and four optional units and this will enable them to start to focus on the skills and knowledge needed for study or work in specific areas of the IT sector.  The core units are Communication and Employability Skills for IT, and Information Systems.  


Course content

Learners choose four optional units from a range of around 40 options.  Creative learners can choose options including Developing Computer Games and Computer Animation.  For technically minded learners, options include Systems Troubleshooting, and Installing and Upgrading Software.  

Business minded learners choose topics such as e‐Commerce, and The Impact of IT on Business Systems.  Learners interested in development choose options such as Computer Networks and Data Analysis.  Learners who want to acquire a wider commercial focus could choose from Cloud Computing, Business Analytics Process for Big Data and Developing a Smarter Planet.

Whatever the focus, all learners will develop other desirable skills, such as primary research, using IT to communicate effectively, producing management information, understanding legal and ethical implications for organisations in using IT, planning, leading a group.



Entry requirements

5 A*-C Grades (including minimu grade 4 in MAths and English


B or above at GCSE in IT or Computing.

It is recommended that a student has also gained Grade B in English at GCSE and B in Maths.

Under exceptional circumstances, and through a formal discussion and contract, a pupil may join the course if the Head of the Department is aware of their previous ability and character





2 x 90 and 3 x 60 GLH units 

At least two externally examined units and a choice of three further units which are either examined or centre assessed and moderated.

A specialist pathway must be followed. There are four pathways to choose from.

IT Infrastructure Technician

Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner

Application Developer

Data Analyst


Future opportunities

 In combination with other qualifications, the qualification could lead to a higher education

course. Learners could:

A. choose to undertake an IT related degree from options including BSc Computer Science

or BSc IT Practitioner.  

B. choose from non‐IT related degree programmes.  This qualification has between 40

and 140 UCAS points, depending on the grade achieved,  so it would be accepted by

universities as meeting requirements for entry to a range of degree programmes. 

C. In combination with other qualifications, it will enable access to an IT, Software, Web or

Telecoms Apprenticeship.

D. In combination with other qualifications, it will enable access to a wide range of IT related

careers either in the IT sector or in other sectors, for example a game designer or network




Further information

This qualification is suitable for learners

• studying to prepare for employment in the IT sector

• who want to progress into IT-related apprenticeships

• who want to gain a level 3 qualification to support further study in Further Education (FE) or to progress to Higher Education (HE) in in IT

• studying for career development and who are already in employment.



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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