Throughout my studies I’ve expanded my knowledge of IT enjoying both the practical and the theory sides of the subject. I really enjoyed developing my existing skills and I’ve loved learning about things I didn’t ever expect to find out about. I believe the variety of topics covered, supported by excellent teachers, has allowed
me to explore and understand how and why it has a real impact on today’s society.

Megan-Louise Cook

Megan-Louise Cook

Course Description

This qualification aims to develop a student’s knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. You will gain an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations.

Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector including Cisco, Naace, IBM, BT and Barclays, the Level 3 Cambridge Technical in IT focuses on the requirements that today’s universities and employers demand.

Entry Requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for a course in a subject that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that they would have achieved at least a standard pass (grade 4) in that subject.

Course Content

Year 1: Certificate
Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT: Exam
The purpose of this unit is to provide a sound understanding of IT technologies and practices that are 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.

Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help to prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA, Mobility+ and Cisco IT Essentials.

Unit 2 – Global Information: Exam
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. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as VM Ware.

Year 2: Introductory Diploma
This qualification offers a degree of flexibility in the units studied in year 2 and therefore, based on the cohort of students and the ever-changing IT industry, we intend to select the most appropriate units towards the end of year 1.

Mandatory Unit: Non-examined assessment
A mandatory unit will be chosen to reflect one of the following pathways:

  • IT Infrastructure Technician: Unit 4 – Computer Networks
  • Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner: Unit 5 – Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Application Developer: Unit 6 – Application Design
  • Data Analyst: Unit 7 – Data Analysis and Design

Optional units: Non-examined assessment
Two further units will be chosen at the end of year 1 to reflect the pathway selected above.
Some of the optional units available are listed below:

  • Unit 8 – Project Management
  • Unit 9 – Product Development
  • Unit 12 – Mobile Technology
  • Unit 13 – Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Unit 17 – Internet of Everything
  • Unit 18 – Computer Systems – Hardware
  • Unit 19 – Computer Systems – Software

Further information can be found on the OCR website.


Year 1: Certificate (180GLH)
This comprises two external examinations.

Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT
1 hour 30 minutes external written exam – 80 marks

  • Section A comprises multiple choice questions
  • Section B comprises short answer and extended response questions

This examination will be taken in the January series.

Unit 2 – Global information
1 hour 30 minutes external written exam – 80 marks

  • Section A comprises short answer and extended response questions based on a pre-released case study. A new case study is released for each examination series and will include research prompts which learners will need to respond to prior to the external assessment.
  • Section B comprises short answer and extended response questions. These questions will not relate to the pre-released case study.

This examination will be taken in the summer series.

Year 2: Introductory Diploma (360GLH)
This compromises three centre-assessed and externally-moderated units. The work for these units will be produced by you and assessed by your teacher before being submitted to the exam board for final moderation.

To calculate your overall grade, the results achieved in these units are added to the results achieved in the two exams you completed in Year 1. The final qualification is graded P, M, D or D* and comes with the equivalent UCAS points of an E, C, A or A*

Future Opportunities

In completing this qualification, students will develop transferable professional, personal and social skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills. This will provide a solid platform for future progression opportunities both academically and in the world of work.

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