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OCR National Diploma in ICT at Broadway Academy

Course description

OCR Level 3 National Diploma in ICT

Course content

The course is made up of 6 units, 2 mandatory and 4 optional, as follows:

Mandatory Units

Communication & Employability Skills:  In this unit students will identify the principles for effective communication and be introduced to the interpersonal skills and attributes required within a work place.  They will examine the different combinations of skills and attributes that are required for a range of job roles and identify the different IT tools available for safe and secure communication and exchange of information within an organisation.  Learners will consider approaches and adapt the way they communicate, depending on their audience.

Information Systems:  Students will examine the information organisations hold and how this is valuable to an organisation. They will develop an understaning of the legislation governing information which flows into and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it.  The learner will explore the impact of information systems on communication within an organisation and how they facilitate effective communication.

Optional Units

E-Commerce:  In this unit students will research the benefits of having an e-commerce strategy.  They will develop an understanding of the technologies required for an e-commerce system and explore the impact of e-commerce on an organisation and how this affects e-commerce in society.  Finally they will be required to create a plan for an e-commerce strategy.

Project Panning: This unit will provide the learner with the skills required to plan and run a project of their own.  It will run alongside unit 12, below, and learners will develop an understanding of how projects are managed as well as developing IT skills that will enable them to plan projects more effectively.  They will develop their ability to follow a project plan, reviewing milestones and adapting as they go. 

Website Production:  This unit will run alongside unit 9, above, and will prepare learners to design, create and test a fully functioning website, while also providing essential grounding knowledge on the architecture, design and security issues that need to be considered.

Business Resources:  The unit looks at how a range of resources including human, physical, technological and financial resources are used and managed within business.  Learners will gain an understanding of the purpose of managing resources effectively, not only in relation to human resources but also in terms of physical and technological resources.  Learners will also gain an understanding of how an organisation can gain access to sources of finance, both internally and externally and be able to interpret financial statements.


Assessment is 100% coursework which is internally assessed and externally moderated by OCR Moderators.

The work is assessed using the following Grading System





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Future opportunities

On completion of the course students can progress to a Level 4 Diploma.

The course carries the following UCA Points:

Pass - 40;   Merit - 80;  Distinction - 120;  Distinction* - 140

Further information

Cambridge Technicals in IT are practical, flexible and engaging, and offer students an in-depth qualification in the subject.  This qualification is particularly attractive because of its real-world relevance and close alignment with industrial practice - allowing students to acheive a real understanding of the subject that's a true fit with the needs of the workplace.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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    • Broadway Academy is situated in Perry Barr in the north of Birmingham.

      We are very proud of our £21million new building which boasts state of the art facilities and a learning environment that is second to none.

      The Sixth Form is an important part of the whole school and students have permanent access to teaching staff and and resources to support their learning. The Sixth Formers are role models to the younger students and help support them by mentoring and running extra-curricular clubs.

      There are excellent public transport links for students coming from across the city.