Type of Qualification: Level 3 Introductory Diploma (2 years) or Certificate (1 year)
Exam Board: OCR
Additional Entry Requirements: 6 in GCSE ICT or Merit in OCR Cambridge Nationals
Why study for an IT Diploma?
This course is ideal for those who have completed Key Stage 4 ICT and want to continue learning in a more practical, work-related way. This would suit students who enjoy working with IT and are interested in future technologies.
Students will be able to develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding the IT sector requires and develop further skills by completing a range of units through a specialist pathway. This prepares students for transfer into the modern workplace.
Students will complete two units (Cambridge Technicals Certificate) or five units (Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma).
These will include two mandatory units, the Fundamentals of IT and Global Information
The other units will explore the more creative side and future of IT including Virtual and Augmented Reality, Mobile Technology and the Internet of Everything.
This qualification is a mixture of internally assessed units by centre assessors and quality assurance personnel and externally moderated by OCR Visiting Moderators. There are two exams in the first year which are externally assessed.
Paper 1: Written exam on Fundamentals of IT (1hr 30mins)
Paper 2: Written exam on Global Information (1hr 30mins)
This qualification is graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*
Careers in IT
IT is offered by universities either as a subject in its own right, or in combination with a wide range of subjects, such as Mathematics, Psychology, Business and Multimedia.
Other students go on to do IT related degrees and careers, such as in growth areas of Games design, App creation, software design etc.