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Information Technology Level 3 Cambridge Technicals at Ashington Community High School

Course description

Cambridge Technicals in IT consist of a wide range of units such as installing hardware, creating a website, identifying an IT fault, computer animation and e-commerce. It is an ideal foundation for students entering the workplace, providing them with a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace. The qualification is also a recognised and valuable route to progress to university study.


Course content

During Year 12 you will study:
- Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT
- Unit 2: Information Systems
- Unit 3: Computer Systems

During Year 13 you will study:
- Unit 19: Spreadsheet Modelling
- Unit 23: Database Design
- Unit 31: Digital Graphics for Interactive Media
NB: Units chosen for study are provisional as this is a new course. Any feedback from students or parents on units they would like to be considered for inclusion is welcome.

Entry requirements

It is necessary for you to have achieved an A*-C grade in your GCSE in ICT.

You will need to be able to work as an independent learner as well as part of a group and team. It is essential that you are organised and structured in terms of meeting deadlines. Ideally, you will have a sound knowledge of the most common computer applications such as Microsoft Word.


In both years of the course there are three assessed units of work, all assessment is carried out internally through project work (no external exams). Student work is moderated by a visiting examiner from OCR to ensure national standards are being met.

Future opportunities

Students may progress to further study in higher education, or choose to apply the advanced IT skills they have acquired in the world of work.

Students who choose to follow an academic route following this course typically study in the following subject areas at university:

- Information Systems and Technologies
- Computer Science and software development
- The Web and interactive media production

The Cambridge Technicals Level 4 qualification provides a seamless progression route from Cambridge Technicals at Level 3. It can be achieved on a full-time or part-time basis making it an attractive option for people in work who want to up-skill in order to improve their career prospects.

Career Prospects
Typical careers which this course prepares students for include:
- Data Analyst
-Technical Support
- Graphic Designer
- Systems Administrator

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashington Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2017

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