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IT - Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma - Applied Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

An Applied Pathway Subject - The Cambridge Technicals in IT allows students to be prepared to meet the changing needs of the IT sector, and prepares them for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment. Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Cambridge Technicals in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand and 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. Your students will also develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. These support the transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.

Course content

All students will study two mandatory units: Fundamentals of IT and Global information. Students will then study three further units (2 of which are compulsory, units 9 and 5). There is a choice from 4 others

The course follows the Emerging Digital Technology Practioner pathway

Entry requirements

A grade C or Merit in an ICT related course and a grade 5 in English Language is strongly recommended due to the extensive report writing on the course.


The two mandatory units are examined externally. Each optional unit is teacher assessed and moderated by an external examiner. Pupils have a range of assessment point deadlines throughout each year.

Years 12 will cover mandatory units 1 and 2, and be assessed via exams in May. Then start assessment of 2 of the optional units

Years 13 will finish assessment 2 optional units started in Year 12 and complete final unit. These units will be externally moderated.

The course is graded on a Distinction, Merit and Pass scale.


Future opportunities

The course follows Emerging digital technology practitioner pathway.

Past students have gone on to study IT, business or computing related degrees at university, do apprenticeships as well as gain employment with high profile IT organisations

The course carries a full UCAS tariff.


Further information

For further information, please contact the Sixth Form Department: or Tel: 01628-625308 ext. 651


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: 19 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: APIT19CT
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