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The Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma is equivalent to one A-level.

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.


Course content

Units of study

Year 1 (Examined)

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, the relationship between data and information, and understanding the regulations governing them. This will be assessed by examination at the end of the first year. 

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 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. This will be assessed by examination at the end of the first year.

Year 2 (Coursework)

Unit 3:

Cyber Security

The need for secure digital systems is more crucial than ever before. We rely on computerised systems and networks to collect, process, store and transfer vast amounts of data and to control critical systems such as water and power supplies. To deal with this problem the cyber security industry is expanding at a rapid rate. This unit has been designed to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact both individuals and organisations. You will learn about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents resulting from these challenges. You will be able to apply your knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues and solutions by reviewing and making recommendations for ways to best protect digital systems and information. This will be assessed by coursework during the second year. 

Unit 9:

Product Development

The purpose of this unit is to prepare you to undertake product development activities. You will learn about different product design methodologies and the role of the product development life cycle. In addition, you will discover the factors that influence product developments. You will use product development skills and work through the product development life cycle. This will be suited to future roles such as network management, systems development and web design. This will be assessed by coursework during the second year. 

Unit 11:

Systems Analysis and Design

This unit will provide you with the knowledge and skills to support the design of formal information systems. These systems provide useful, reliable, validated information through the integration of data, hardware and software into systems. You will evaluate the usefulness of real world systems which enable an organisation to meet its internal goals and its external obligations. This will be assessed by coursework during the second year. 

Methods of Teaching and Learning

Well-qualified and experienced staff teach the five units of study. Students will learn the required knowledge through case studies, group work and presentations before completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations.

Methods of Assessment

The course is 67% examined and 33% coursework. 


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

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


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

  • ICT and Business
  • Information Systems
  • Systems Design and Analysis
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Product Development

Where can this course lead?

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