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ICT Cambridge TEC Level 3 at Longsands Academy

Course description

The Cambridge Technicals in IT have been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare you for the challenges you’ll face in Higher Education or employment. Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Cambridge Technicals in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.

These qualifications aim to develop a students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Students will gain 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 and the importance of legal and security considerations.

Our students will also develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. These support the transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.

Students will undertake 5 units, following one of four selected pathways.


The full award and units from this qualification are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction, giving an equivalence for A2 level comparison of a grade E, C and A respectively. This is a two-year course, with no AS equivalent.


Mandatory units


Unit 1 Fundamentals of ICT

A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will create a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.

After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the additional units.

Unit 2 Global Information

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the Internet, by individuals and organisations. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge. This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give you knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn about how individuals use information of various types.

This unit will help you to understand the legislation and regulation governing information which flows in to and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it. You will also learn the relationship between data and Information.

Plus 3 further units, chosen from a selected pathway.

Course content

The Cambridge Technicals Level 3 offers students a more in-depth look at ICT in the modern workplace, and gives an insight into its role in specialist careers; these qualifications provide on-going learning and assessment. The Cambridge Technicals have been developed to recognise candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT functions, environments and operations. They have been designed to accredit candidates’ achievements in a modern and practical way that is relevant to the workplace. The course is supported by bespoke materials developed by the department, dedicated text books and web-based support and study materials supplied by OCR. Further details of the course can be found at:

Entry requirements

Preference for GCSE ICT, but this is not essential.

Students must have a grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

APS 4.75

Future opportunities

These qualifications will be particularly suitable for those who wish to study in preparation for (or alongside) employment in job roles where they will be expected to use ICT, liaise with customers and carry out ICT operational roles.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Mr Doyle, Head of ICT at the St. Neots Sixth Form Centre via

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years