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Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT Level 3 at Nicholas Hamond Academy

Course description


Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications that are designed to give you a work-focused alternative to A Levels. The IT course has been designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in IT and game design.

This will enable you to develop your research skills as you work, both independently and with colleagues, to progress through the qualification. The IT version offered at The Nicholas Hamond Academy is geared towards effective and efficient use of software for projects and game design.

Course content


Core units:

  • Unit 1 - Communication and employability skills for IT
  • Unit 2 - Information systems

Additonal units (covered over the two years):

  • Unit 9 - Project planning with IT
  • Unit 10 - Developing computer games
  • Unit 16 - 2D animation production
  • Unit 32 – Computer Game Design

Entry requirements


There are no formal requirements, but a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Movie Maker (or equivalent) and coding skills will be advantageous. Good grades in English and ICT/Computing will help when aiming for the Distinction*.



The assessment for the qualifications is task-based, so you won’t need to take exams to achieve Cambridge Technicals qualifications. There are multiple tasks per unit which help you generate a significant portfolio of work to show to prospective employers or higher education institutions. The tasks take the form of written reports, presentations, videos, animations and other activities that can be assessed.

Future opportunities


After completion of the course the UCAS points gained will help to gain entry to University. This can be for a degree in game design or other related courses.

As there is a portfolio of work produced over the duration of the course, it is expected that this will help those that wish to seek employment with a games/animation/IT company. Inevitably, some may choose to run their own company based on the skills acquired.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Hamond Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years