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OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT at Neale-Wade Academy

Course description

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in IT 

·         This qualification provides the ideal foundation for those students who wish to pursue ICT at degree level or as a career

·         The emphasis is now on a creative ICT focus, rather than the traditional computing perspective and students can gain skills that can be transferred into the business world.

This pathway focuses on the development of a range of applications across platforms and sectors. We’ve made sure our students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century, enabling them to demonstrate the skills of writing specifications, and the design, build, testing and implementation of applications.

A single award option equivalent to one A level is also available.

Course content

Learners will take 11 units, made up of four mandatory and seven optional units. They will choose to study one of four specialist pathways depending on the career they wish to pursue. All learners will study the following three mandatory units; Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security. The first two units provide learners with 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, as well as the important legal and security considerations. Cyber security reflects an important development in the sector around information security, and requires learners to consider how data should be protected and how the IT sector should respond to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism.


 Assessment is based on a coursework element of 65% and there are three examinations, 2 of which are of 1 hour 30 minutes, with the third being 1 hour.

Coursework is structured around tasks which cover a wide range of skills.

Future opportunities

This course will lead directly to a degree with an ICT component or any other qualification where the use of ICT is a main focus. Alternatively due to the business nature of the course this qualification will support entry to an apprenticeship or work place.

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: 05 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September


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      At Neale-Wade we are proud to offer an extensive range of traditional A Levels and Applied Level 2 and 3 courses. We aim to provide a quality experience that caters for the needs of the communities we serve.
      Our curriculum allows our students to develop independent study techniques and transferable skills in an encouraging and supportive environment.
      As a testament to our determination to continually improve our results, A Level passes have risen for the last four years, with 88% of subjects achieving 100% pass rate at A2 in 2014. 97% of all A2 students achieved the required entries for their chosen university courses and students have gained places in top universities.
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