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ICT Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma at Carmel College, a Catholic Academy

Course description

“ICT (information and communications technology - or technologies) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as video conferencing and distance learning. ICTs are often spoken of in a particular context, such as ICTs in education, health care, or libraries. “

Really, this means that your ICT education will continue to allow you to understand how computers and software can be used to store and communicate the information that is vital for the job that you are doing. The tools and technologies that you will encounter include:

  • Word processing of reports
  • Multimedia presentations
  • Communication through the web
  • Modelling and data analysis using spreadsheets.
  • Project planning

Course content

Cambridge Technicals have been developed by building on OCR’s link with the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Approach to assessment and its reputation for offering creative and inspiring vocational qualifications. Cambridge Technicals have a clear, practical and sensible approach to assessment.

The core units must be taken for the qualification to be completed. Others are chosen in addition.

Certificate Units (AS equivalent)

  • Fundamentals of IT (Exam)
  • Global Information (Exam) Extended Certificate Units (AL equivalent)
  • Fundamentals of IT (Exam)
  • Global Information (Exam)
  • Cyber Security (Exam)
  • Project Management (Internally assessed)
  • Product Development (Internally assessed)

For each of the units that you study you will be asked to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of a particular point of interest concerning the way that IT is used within organisations, businesses and by individuals.

For example, in the Product Development unit, you will be asked to research and write reports about the way that a product is developed and the technology that lies behind a fully functioning digital product, you will then be required to plan and build a product that functions properly.


For the Certificate, your work will be externally assessed for the two compulsory units.

For the Extended Certificate, three units will be examined and two will be assessed by your class teacher and moderated by the exam board

All work will be completed either in class, or for homework. It must be your own work. There will be a range of different tasks that may be included in your assessment portfolio. Some of the assessment will be paper-based, though there will also be work that needs to be submitted digitally. i.e. the multimedia presentation evidence will be better submitted digitally where as a magazine insert will be better handed in as a printout.

Future opportunities

The Russell Group say that ICT is a 'Useful AL Qualification' for:

  • Electronic Engineering,
  • Computing / Computer Science

Jobs where ICT is directly related:

  • Database administrator,
  • Information systems manager,
  • IT consultant,
  • IT technical support officer,
  • Multimedia programmer,
  • Network engineer,
  • Systems analyst,
  • Systems developer,
  • Applications developer,
  • Geographical information systems officer,
  • IT sales professional,
  • Management consultant.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College, a Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September