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IT - Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma OCR at Churchdown School Academy

Course description

2 year course offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

ICT is at the heart of everyday life, at work, home and in our leisure time: from office application software to computer graphics, multimedia, problem solving, game creation and Project Planning. ICT and Global Information Systems have an ever-increasing role to play.

The Cambridge Technicals in IT draws this together through five units, Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security, then a choice of two units from Project management, Product development, Systems analysis and design and the Internet of Everything.

It’s an ideal foundation for students entering the workplace or for students wishing to study ICT related subjects in higher education. The Cambridge Technicals in IT provide students with a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace.

Key Features: It is one A Level equivalent recognised by UCAS. 66% externally assessed.

Entry requirements

Pathway 2: A combination of A levels and Level 3 Vocational Courses

•        5 A*to C Grades (Merits in BTEC and Vocational Courses) and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Pathway 3: Level 3 Vocational Courses

•        5 A* to C Grades including Level 2 equivalents


Course Units: There are three mandatory units that are externally assessed.

These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security. The first two mandatory units provide learners with 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 important legal and security considerations.

The third mandatory unit reflects an important developments in the sector around information security and requires learners to consider how data should be protected and the response of the IT sector to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism.

Students must take two of the four optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR.

The optional units include Project management, Product development, Systems analysis and design and the Internet of Everything.

Future opportunities

Where could this lead?

This is a suitable course for people who wish to study IT degrees in a Higher Education institution such as, Computing and IT, Computing Science, Software Developments, Software Engineering, ICT and Computer Networks or Business Information Systems.

This qualification can also be used for others who wish to progress into the work place. A recent survey by DFES showed that 90% of all jobs in the UK require the use of ICT.

Further information

Will it suit me?

Cambridge Technicals have a clear, practical and sensible approach to assessment.

They have been developed with industry specialists and leading employers to offer an exciting, inspiring and challenging qualification created to develop transferable skills that are essential in the workplace or for further study.

All units assist in the development of transferrable skills such as communication and problem solving.

The optional units encourage the development of time management, research and analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Churchdown School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years