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ICT OCR National Extended Diploma level 3 at Highbury Grove School

Course description

This course is the equivalent of three A levels and offers students a pathway to university giving  them the essentials for the use of ICT in the professional world of work. It incorporates, for example, spreadsheets, data manipulation, as well as the more creative aspects of information technology such as website design and creation, online gaming design and software and hardware installation.

The OCR Cambridge Technicals Extended Diploma Level 3 course offers students a more in-depth look at ICT in the modern workplace, and gives an insight into its role in specialist careers. As an alternative to Applied GCE, or similar exam-based courses, this qualification provides on-going learning and assessment of the practical skills and knowledge required to succeed in ICT related careers

Course content

The course is delivered over 2 years on 18 lessons a week.  Of the 9 units delivered this year, there are 2 compulsory units (units 1 and 2).  

Unit 1 – Communication and employability skills for IT

This unit will prepare learners to effectively use various communication channels, within a working environment and to understand what an employer expects of an individual and how to communicate effectively whilst developing their own personal development needs..


Unit 2 – Information systems 

This will provide the learner with a greater understanding of how organisations use information internally and externally and the types of information they will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give the learner knowledge of the functionality of information and to produce management information systems.


You will get to choose another 16 units from an extensive list which includes:


  • Unit 3 Computer systems 
  • Unit 4 Managing networks 
  • Unit 5 Organisational systems security
  • Unit 6 e-Commerce
  • Unit 9 Project planning with IT 
  • Unit 10 Developing computer games 
  • Unit 12 Website production 
  • Unit 13 Installing and upgrading software 
  • Unit 15 Computer game platforms and technologies 
  • Unit 19 Spreadsheet modelling
  • Unit 23 Database Design
  • Unit 27 Digital Graphics
  • Unit 32 Computer Game Design


For a full list of units available (as well as detailed information about the course) go to:


The choices will depend on the interests and abilities of all the students in the group.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at a minimum of a grade C or above including English and Maths and either ICT GCSE or ICT Level 2 vocational (OCR or BTEC) at Merit or above.


All units are internally assessed, and then externally moderated by an OCR visiting moderator. There are no external tests or exams.  Assessment of course work takes place on arrangement with the external moderator – usually twice a year. Throughout the year students are given very clear deadlines which have to be adhered to guarantee completion of the course.

All individual units are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction, in the same way as they were for students who completed the Level 2 course.

Future opportunities

These qualifications have been designed to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to enable progression to qualifications along the vertical and horizontal planes in the National Qualifications Framework.

A  candidate achieving an OCR Level 3 National Extended Diploma in ICT,may:

  • additional Level 3 qualifications part-time or full-time in further education, AS/A2--level GCE ICT, Applied GCE ICT
  • higher level qualifications part-time or full-time in further or higher education, eg HNC, HND, degree.

Further information

Pre-course reading or preparation:

In the first instance students should visit the OCR website,, for more details about the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury Grove School directly.

Last updated date: 03 August 2016
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