Computing & ICT

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: OCR

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT
  • English and/or maths at an appropriate level

Summary of course

The OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT consists of two core units plus additional units, taught over one year, in tutor led sessions. Attendance is usually four days per week. There is a mixture of practical and theoretical work. You will also undertake a GCSE in either Mathematics or English.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Communications in the IT Industry
  • Working in the IT Industry

You will also study five additional units from:

  • Computer Graphics
  • Customising Software
  • Database Systems
  • Website Development
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Multimedia Design
  • Developing Programming Solutions
  • Developing Computer Games
  • Fundamentals of Computer Applications

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

  • Units are internally assessed
  • Units are externally moderated through assignments
  • All units are assessed with course work which is graded, and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in developing skills in software development and programming and wish to gain a Level 2 qualfication in IT.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you may want to consider progressing onto one of the following courses offer at Northampton College:

  • OCR Introductory Diploma in IT (Application Developer)
  • OCR Introductory Diploma in IT (Infrastructure Technician)

To progress onto either of the courses above you need to achieve a Merit Grade and GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs – mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent to 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There will be a trip arranged during your course and we recommend that all students participate. The cost of the trip is approximately £35 and this cost is payable at enrolment in September.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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