Awarding Body: OCR
Qualifications on offer:
- Level 3 Foundation Diploma in IT (IT Infrastructure Technician) - Year 1
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Digital Technician) - Year 2
Summary of course
The Level 3 Extended Diploma consists of mandatory units plus optional units taken over two years. The Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Fundamentals of IT
- Global Information
- Cyber Security
- Cloud Technologies
- Computer Networks
- Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Enterprise Computing
- Project Management
- Product Development
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Mobile Technology
- Social Media and Digital Marketing
- Smarter Planet
- Internet of Everything
- Computer Systems - Hardware
- Computer Systems - Software
- IT Technical Support
- Big Data Analytics
- Cognitive Computing
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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:
How is the course assessed?
- The course is assessed by a mixture of internal and external methods.
- Internally assessed units will be in the form of between two and four assignments per unit.
- Externally assessed units will be examined units.
- There will be two examined units per year
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 knowledge and understanding 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 and the importance of legal and security considerations
Progression and Career Opportunities
After successful completion of this course many students apply for courses in Higher Education and certain universities are very keen to offer OCR students a place on their Degree or HND or Foundation courses. The skills gained are very relevant for seeking employment in the IT industry.
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
|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)|
|Level 4/5:||A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship|
|Specific Course Requirements:||Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths|
*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 9-4 (A*-C).
In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
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)
Trips - £30: this cost is approximate and is payable at enrolment.