IT Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate & Diploma has been added to My Courses


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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (including English Language) of which only one can be a Level 2 vocational qualification (e.g. BTEC/OCR) at Pass grade or above. You will also need a minimum of grade 2 in GCSE Maths



Exam board: OCR

100%Pass Rate

This course is for students who have a general interest in computing and it will help students to develop knowledge and understanding of the Information and Communications Technology sector. It is for any student who has a basic level of IT competency and is able to work independently or in small groups to solve problems within deadlines.

Units of Study

The Course comes in two qualifications; the Extended Certificate and Technical Diploma. The Extended Certificate consists of four units including IT essentials, cyber security, and data analysis and emerging technology. The Diploma includes 8 units and offers study opportunities in business solutions, digital marketing, visual design and pitching a product.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is taught by well qualified and experienced staff.  Students learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace scenarios. Teaching methods include presentations of new topics, small group discussions, peer assessed tasks and allow plenty of time to develop practical skills in visual design software or spreadsheets.


All students are invited to attend a team-building day in the autumn term and are required to attend a work experience placement in June. A visit to a local IT or Media organisation will be planned each year to add to the students understanding of information technology used in an up to date business environment.

Method of Assessment

Two core units are externally assessed and coursework is internally assessed by subject teachers with externally moderation.


The College is well furnished with over 60 PC workstations for IT students and a wide of the most up to date industry standard software. We also a have a range of hardware resources for students use such as video cameras and scanners. We also have extra software for help desk support and a class set of PC hardware on which to install and configure new devices when required.


This course gives students the skills to take forward onto a modern apprenticeship, or for further progression onto a higher level of study.

Additional Costs

You will be expected to purchase a memory stick.

This course would form part of your Access to Level 3 Programme – click here to find out more.