Examination Board & Code : OCR, Extended Certificate: 5839
Length of Course : 2 Years to Extended Certificate

What is the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT about?

The qualification aims to develop your 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, and the flow of information on a global scale. You will also gain an understanding of the importance of legal and security considerations. Designed in collaboration with experts* spanning the breadth of the sector, the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT Extended Certificate focuses on the requirements that today’s universities and employers demand.

This vocational qualification should form a basis for progression into further learning, apprenticeship or employment.

*Experts include, but are not limited to:  BT, Barclays, Cisco, IBM, University of Bath and Anglia Ruskin University.

Is this course for me?

You will need to have a keen interest in using ICT to carry out investigations and in developing software solutions that match requirements. You will need to have a Key Stage 4 ICT or Computer Science qualification at B grade or above. At least a grade 5 in English is also required.

What else do I need to know?

A variety of teaching styles will be used to deliver the knowledge, understanding and skills needed. Due to there being a coursework element to this qualification, commitment is essential to seeing work through to the end and ensuring it is fit for purpose as well as for the intended audience. Level 3 Cambridge Technicals are equivalents to A levels and will attract UCAS tariff points for entrance to university.

What do other students say?

IT clearly has relevance to today's business world and I wanted to learn practical skills as well as just theory. It was a good choice and it will serve me well for the future.

I'm really enjoying studying IT as it is a more hands on approach than some of my other subjects.

Where could it lead?

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of IT or a related area through a range of higher education courses (e.g. Information Technology, Information Systems, Business Computing) or direct entry into employment. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for candidates who do not wish to progress to further study in this subject.

How is this course structured?

Unit content Unit Assessment

Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT 

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.

Examination – 1 hour 30 minutes

25% of the Extended Certificate

 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.

 Examination – 1 hour 30 minutes

25% of the Extended Certificate

Unit 3: Cyber Security

In this unit you will gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on individuals and organisations. You will learn how to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents.

Examination – 1 hour

17% of the Extended Certificate.

Unit 9: Product Development

In this unit you will learn about different product design methodologies and the role of the product development life cycle. You will develop a product using this knowledge.

Coursework assessment –

17% of the Extended Certificate.

Unit 17: Internet of Everything

In this unit you will learn about the Internet of Everything and how it is used. You’ll carry out a feasibility study for a potential idea. You will pitch your idea to potential stakeholders and use their feedback to revise you proposal.

Coursework assessment –

17% of the Extended Certificate.