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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Information Technology (OCR) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

The Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Information Technology is a Level 3 qualification and is equivalent to two GCE A Levels. The qualification is designed for students who are interested in an introduction into the study of creating IT systems alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT. Students will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.


Students will study the following units over the 2 years:



Unit 1 - Fundamentals of ICT (M)

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Business IT Systems
  • Employability and communication skills
  • Ethical and operational issues and threats to computer systems



Unit 2 - Global Information (M)

  • Storage and transmission
  • Styles, classifications and management
  • Uses and benefits to individuals and organisations
  • Legal and regulatory framework governing storage
  • Process flow of information
  • Principles of information security

Assessment - Written examination (1 hour 30 minutes)

Assessment  -  Written examination (1 hour 30 minutes)



Unit 3 – Cyber Security (M)

  • What is cyber security
  • Issues surrounding cyber security
  • Protection against incidents
  • Managing cyber security incidents



Unit 7 – Data analysis and design (M)

  • Purpose and stages of data analysis
  • Investigate requirements
  • Develop data solutions
  • Presenting design solutions


Unit 8 – Project management (O)

  • Project life cycle
  • Initiate and plan projects
  • Execute projects
  • Project evaluations


Assessment - Written examination (1 hour)

Assessment - Internally assessed coursework

Assessment - Internally assessed coursework


Unit 9 – Product Development (O)

  • Product Development Life Cycle
  • Design a product to brief
  • Implement and test the product
  • Acceptance testing


Unit 10 – Business Computing (O)

  • Data required for data analyst jobs
  • Capture and store data
  • Edit and analyse data
  • Use tools to edit and analyse
  • Present data


Unit 11 – Systems analysis and design (O)

  • Role of systems analysis
  • Investigative techniques
  • Develop models
  • Create a logical design


Assessment - Written examination (1 hour)

Assessment - Internally assessed coursework

Assessment - Internally assessed coursework


Unit 13 – Social media and digital marketing (O)

  • Digital Marketing
  • Social media in business
  • Plan and propose and develop digital marketing campaigns



Unit 17 – Internet of Everything (O)

  • What is IoE
  • Repurpose tech to extend the scope of IoE
  • Present concept ideas


Unit 22 – Big data analytics (O)

  • Scope of big data
  • Process big data
  • Provide information from results of processing big data


Assessment - Written examination (1 hour)

Assessment - Internally assessed coursework

Assessment - Internally assessed coursework

Entry requirements

The general Sixth Form entry requirements i.e. six A*-C (or equivalent) ideally including English and Maths. You do not need to have studied I.T. before to choose this course.


Year 12 – 6 units. 3 units assessed through a written examination and the other are internally set and assessed tasks.

Year 13 – 5 units.  All units are assessed through internally set and assessed coursework assignments

This subject is not linear in nature i.e. Year 12 work does count toward the final grade.

Future opportunities

By completing and passing this course you will be able to study the subject at a higher level or gain entry level employment in the IT industry.  This course is equivalent to one A-Level in weighting.

The qualification, when studied with other Level 3 qualifications, is aimed at progression to higher education but also enables leaners to develop knowledge and skills needed for entry-level roles related to IT, including vocational apprenticeship roles and train

Further information

Information Technology links particularly well with Business Studies. It also works well with subjects such as mathematics, physics, science, arts or technology.


Contact Mr Willetts, Head of ICT via e-mail at

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: 24 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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