Information Technology

Head of Department: Miss J Brown
Exam board: OCR
Qualification name: Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT
Qualification code: 05840

What you will study

Learners will take five units, made up of three mandatory and two optional units. They will study the ‘Application Developer’ specialist pathway. All learners will study the following two mandatory units; Fundamentals of IT and Global information. These units provide learners with 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, as well as the important legal and security considerations.

In addition, learners are required to complete three further units, including the designated mandatory unit ‘Application Design’, thereby ensuring that they are specialising in a specific area as part of their study programme. They will be firmly en route to achieving a qualification that is relevant to the job role they wish to pursue as well as equipping them with relevant employability skills. The remaining optional units chosen will support and enhance the skills that learners are developing in a particular pathway, thus enabling them to gain a deeper appreciation of a specific industry, occupation or occupational group.

How you will be assessed
The following two mandatory units, Fundamentals of IT and Global information, are externally assessed in 1 hour 30 minute written exams during Year 12, allowing for a resit opportunity in Year 13.

The third mandatory unit, Application Design, is combined with two further project-based units, for example Games Design and Prototyping and Web Design and Prototyping where learners produce a holistic project which includes a practical portfolio-based assessment that is internally marked and externally moderated by OCR.

Why choose IT?
This qualification is not just about being able to use computers. Employers have said that they need people who are able to help them develop their systems or the systems for their customers, use IT as a tool to analyse data and develop applications. Therefore, this qualification is designed to give learners a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the context of applied IT, providing them with the opportunity to enter an apprenticeship, move directly into employment, or progress to a related Higher Education (HE) course.

Course requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification or any specific prior learning requirements, although a good level of literacy and numeracy is expected. Learners may have been assessed in IT skills at Key Stage 3 and many will have followed a course in IT or Computer Science at Key Stage 4; if no prior IT based course has been followed, we recommend that an initial assessment should take place to ensure the learner is capable of reaching the required standard.

Related subjects at Sixth Form
IT integrates well with subjects across the curriculum and is as relevant to a student studying arts subjects as it is to one studying science subjects. Art, business studies, economics, maths, further maths, politics and science all complement IT.

Where could it lead?
Learners could progress onto an IT degree, a Level 4 apprenticeship such as Network Engineer or Software Developer or into employment in the IT sector in areas such as technical support, digital technologies, application development or data analysis. Typical job roles within the Application Developer pathway include; Junior Web Application Developer, Junior Application Developer or Junior Software Analyst.