Years 12 & 13 ICT


The team:

Mr Adrian Heafield (Director of ICT Learning Strategy)

Mr Dale Richardson (KS4 Leader ICT / Computer Science)

Mrs Karen Freeman

Mrs Amy Wells

Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT

Course Structure

5 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.

Mandatory content (66%).

External assessment (66%).

The grading of the qualification is Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSE's A* - C including ICT or Computer Science


Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT - 90 GLH (External Exam)

Unit 2: Global Information - 90 GLH (External Exam)

Unit 3: Cyber Security - 60 GLH (External Exam)

Optional: Two to be chosen from below

Unit 8: Project Management - 60 GLH (Coursework)

Unit 9: Product Development - 60 GLH (Coursework)

Unit 11: Systems Analysis and Design - 60 GLH (Coursework)

Unit 17: Internet of Everything - 60 GLH (Coursework)

This qualification is designed for learners 16 years old or over who want to continue their education through applied learning by developing their knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and global information systems. It is designed to be taken alongside other qualifications (such as level 3 vocational Cambridge Technicals in Business, Digital Media and/or A level Computing, English or Mathematics) within a 16-19 study programme, primarily to support the main subjects.

The course offers:

· Wide choice of units including hardware, software and online

· Practical activities in all units - learn, do, review

· Excellent preparation for higher study and employment in ICT industry or future studies

Cambridge Technical are aimed at young people aged 16 to 19 who have completed Key Stage 4 of their education and want to study in a more practical, work-related way.

The Cambridge Technical will be available at Level 3 and is designed to be relevant, focused and specific to students aged 16+.

The qualification is particularly attractive because of their real-world relevance and close alignment with industrial practice - allowing students to achieve a real understanding of their subject that's a true fit with the needs of the workplace.

Gifted and talented

To be considered gifted and talented the following attributes need to be demonstrated:

· Work shows a deep level of understanding and able to apply this understanding to real situations.

· Shows a genuine interest and love for the subject.

· Have an independent work ethic.

· Willingness to contribute to wider experiences offered by the subject.

Enrichment activities offered

· Encouraged to take the lead on extra-curricular events e.g. fund raising, assemblies and competitions.

· Educational trips and visits


Types of homework set include research activities, focussed tasks, question and answer exercises, group work.


Student will be creating and range of document and reports to meet their unit's coursework.

Correct use of spelling, grammar and accuracy is crucial in writing up their coursework along with accurate reading and comprehension in research into unit topics.


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