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IT- Cambridge Technical: Introductory Diploma in IT (Tech Level) OCR at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

This qualification aims to develop a students' knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems.

You will gain an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations.

Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector including Cisco, Naace, IBM, BT and Barclays, the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT focuses on the requirements that today's universities and employers demand.

Course content

Year 1:  Cerificate

Unit 1 - Fundamentals of IT:

The purpose of this unit is to provide a sound understanding of IT technologies and practices that are 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

. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help to prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA, Mobility+ and Cisco IT Essentials.

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. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge.

This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as VM Ware

 Year 2: Introductory Diploma

This qualification offers a degree of flexibility in the units studied in year 2 and therefore, based on the cohort of students and the ever changing IT industry, we intend to select the most appropriate units towards the end of year 1.

Mandatory Unit:

The mandatory unit chosen will reflect one of the following pathways:

• IT Infrastructure Technician: Unit 4 - Computer Networks

• Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner: Unit 5 - Virtual and Augmented Reality

• Application Developer: Unit 6 - Application Design

• Data Analyst: Unit 7 - Data Analysis and Design

Optional units:

Two further units will be chosen at the end of year 1 to reflect the pathway selected above.

Some of the optional units available are listed below:

• Unit 8 - Project Management

• Unit 9 - Product Development

• Unit 12 - Mobile Technology

• Unit 13 - Social Media and Digital Marketing

• Unit 17 - Internet of Everything

• Unit 18 - Computer Systems – Hardware

• Unit 19 - Computer Systems – Software

Further information can be found on the OCR website.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.


Year 1: Certificate (180GLH)

This compromises of 2 external examinations.

Unit 1 - Fundamentals of IT

1 hour 30 minutes written paper- 80 marks OCR set and marked

• Section A comprises multiple choice questions

• Section B comprises short answer and extended response questions

This examination will be taken in January 2018 series.

Unit 2 - Global information

1 hour 30 minutes written paper -80 marks OCR set and marked

• Section A comprises short answer and extended response questions based on a pre-released case study. A new case study is released for each examination series and will include research prompts which learners will need to respond to prior to the external assessment.

• Section B comprises short answer and extended response questions. These questions will not relate to the pre-released case study.

This examination will be taken in the Summer series.

Each examinationmust be passed in order to achieve the overall qaulification. At the end of year one students passing both exams will achieve the Certificate in IT, equivalent to half an A Level, which carries UCAS points. The Certificate is graded P,M,D,D*

Year 2: Introductory Diploma

This compromises of 3 centre-assessed and externally moderated units.

These 3 units undertaken by students will be internally produced and assessed before being submitted to the exam board for final moderation.

At the end of year two students passing both exams will achieve the Certificate in IT, equivalent to a full A Level, which carries UCAS points. The final Introductory Diploma qualification is graded P, M, D, D*.

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

Future opportunities

In completing this qualification students will develop transferable professional, personal and social skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills. This will provide a solid platform for future progression opportunities both academically and in the world of work.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


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: 18 September 2018
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  • Start date: Next September