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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4



Exam board: OCR

100%pass rate for three years running - out perforforming the national average.

This course is for highly motivated students who want to gain an insight into the IT sector. They will investigate the pace of technological change, which is learnt and examined through a range of theory and practical units. The qualification offers a more technical approach than a traditional A’ level with the skills acquired supporting further study towards an application development route at a higher level or specialist apprenticeship program.  A Cambridge Technical introductory diploma is equivalent to an A’ Level.

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Course Content

This 5 unit Introductory Diploma is equivalent to one A-level and is studied over two years.

This creative approach to IT can be studied in conjunction with other courses offered by the college. The qualification provides an opportunity to specialise in a creative media route as well as a technical route. The 2-year course will cover the following units:

Year 1 (Examined/Coursework)

Unit 1: 

Fundamentals of IT


A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how a business uses IT. After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the units that follow. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for IT industry qualifications in the future.

Unit 10:  Business Computing

Businesses and organisations are driven by the information that they gather, process and provide. Often, this involves computers, networks and databases. In this unit, you will gain an understanding of how information technology and computer-based systems facilitate the needs of business and how businesses use information. You will learn about the skills and attributes needed by people working in data analysis and will gain practical experience of editing and manipulating a variety of different forms of information before applying these skills to solve a specific problem. This unit is in the Data Analyst specialist pathway due to its relevance to a business and data analytical environment.

Unit 7:  Data Analysis And Design

This unit will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required to actively use data analysis techniques to provide evidence and interpretation for decision making for a range of organisational needs. Organisations and individuals collect both quantitative and qualitative data and store it for current or future use. The data analyst examines, cleanses, transforms and models data in order to support decision making and understanding. When learners are taking an assessment task, or series of tasks, for this unit they will have opportunities to draw on relevant, appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills that they will have developed through other units.

Unit 6:  Application Design

This unit helps the learner to understand the different hardware and software that is available for working on graphic images and the file formats that exist. Learners will understand where these file formats are used and how the delivery method of a graphic has a bearing on the file used in terms of size, resolution and compression. Learners will be able to use the hardware and software needed to create, modify and manipulate images in accordance with clients’ requirements. The learner will understand how to gain user feedback and make changes based on this feedback. Learners will understand the legal framework regulating the acquisition and use of digital graphics.

Year 2 (Coursework)

Unit 2: 

Global Information


The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential, and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge. This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally, focusing on the types of information you will encounter. The skills gained will give knowledge of the functionality of information, how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn how individuals use information of various types and categories and the relationship between data and information, understanding the regulations governing them.

Unit 13:

Social Media And Digital Marketing

This unit looks at digital marketing as a concept and then offers you the opportunity to explore the possible impacts, both positive and negative, that may be generated by the use of social media as a digital marketing tool.  Digital marketing is part of the overall process of marketing and is the use of digital media to increase awareness of a product or service. As social media offers such a wealth of data and the ability to contact potential customers in their own homes across a range of media channels, it is only natural that digital marketing seeks to use social media as part of the marketing mix for goods and services. 

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is taught by well qualified and experienced staff, the majority of whom have an ICT and Business background. You will learn by completing project and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations.

Methods of Assessment

You will learn through case studies, group work and presentations before completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, which are centre assessed. This will form 50% of the assessment for this course. The other 50% will be through external assessment.


The college has an excellent network of up-to-date computers and the department has access to five dedicated IT/Computing teaching rooms. There is also a range of computing facilities available outside of lessons.

Facilities include popular office software, professional web development and graphics programmes, colour printing, scanners, internet access, overhead digital projectors and interactive whiteboards. We also use video cameras, digital cameras and sound equipment.


The Technical Level 3 IT Diploma qualifies for the same UCAS points as the traditional A-level. Past students who have completed this qualification alongside other A-levels have been able to move on to work, Degrees/HNDs and Higher Apprenticeships in related subjects such as:

  • ICT and Business
  • Information Systems
  • Software Engineering and Support
  • Multimedia Technology

Additional Costs

During the course you will be charged for printing and there are also costs incurred when privately buying reliable storage devices to back up your electronic files. In addition, a number of visits may be arranged which may require you to make a contribution towards travelling costs.


A one day conference - 'Your Future in a Digital World' - will take place in the autumn term, mandatory for all students. It will feature insights from local industry professionals in areas including digital design, web development, cyber security new media marketing.