“Over the last 20 years, the proportion of people using IT in their job has nearly doubled to 77%, with an estimated 22m people using technology at work. For the remaining 6m people in the workforce, these skills may not be critical for their employer but they remain important life skills.” Independent Review of ICT User Skills (Baroness Estelle Morris), 2009
What is the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT?
Cambridge Technicals are exam-free, vocationally-related qualifications that take an engaging, practical approach to learning and assessment. They’re industry-relevant, and suit a broad range of learning styles and abilities. The course comprises various ICT skills-based units which are assessed as coursework portfolios. There are no examinations.
What will I study?
There are six units in the National Certificate – two of which are compulsory and four of which are optional. Compulsory Units are in ‘Communication and Employability Skills for ICT’ and ‘Information Systems’.
There are then four optional units which will be E-Commerce, Spreadsheet Modelling, Website Creation and Social Media for Business.
You will be encouraged to work as part of a team and also to develop independent learning skills. The course is tailored towards ICT skills which are used in industry and so the focus is on the practical application of ICT software skills and project management, working towards creating systems and solving problems by the use of computers.
All units are assessed via a portfolio of coursework assignments and evidence of practical work and skills developed.
Three units are completed in Year 12, and the remaining three in Year 13.
Assessed work is then verified by an external visiting moderator to check over your work; there is no examination in this course.
Where will it lead?
The course is suitable for anyone who wishes to pursue further study or a career in which a broad range of advanced ICT skills would be useful. This course does carry UCAS points for those students who wish to go into Higher Education.