Information Technology (Cambridge Technical) A Level

About the Course

The course allows students to gain an insight into IT and cybersecurity through studying a wide range of units and different pathways which provide students with practical and project-based opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in areas such as infrastructure, application development, and data analysis.

Exam Board

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Level 3 is predominantly a coursework based subject that comprises 5 modules over two years. It is the equivalent of 1 A level. 60% of the course is internally assessed through coursework. 40% is externally assessed through examinations.


Please refer to our Sixth Form prospectus for entry requirements.

Course Content

Students will study a range of mandatory and optional units on the application developer pathway. The course aims to provide students with a solid foundation in hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers, and how business uses IT.

They will learn how global information demonstrates the uses of information in the public domain, in the cloud, and across the internet, by individuals and organisations. The course enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities, and risks that impact both individuals and organisations and explore potential ideas for developing the fundamental design for a new application. Students are also given the opportunity to develop skills in designing and developing a prototype for simple games whilst considering the logic of the programming structures.

Beyond the Classroom

Students are offered opportunities to become involved in a coding club and national competitions. They benefit from departmental links with employers and industry specialists, trips to organisations such as the Amazon fulfilment centre based in Doncaster as well as university trips and talks over the two years to provide them with the skills and information that they need to fulfil their potential and progress onto the next stage of their lives.

Your Future

The business world places a high value on the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information in order to make considered decisions. Students will have the opportunity to develop practical employability skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders and to manage their time effectively which will benefit students that are wanting to access an apprenticeship/workplace route.

Many of our students continue on to further/higher education within the IT/Computing field. A Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma allows you to access degree courses as well as a wide range of careers including Games design and creation. Digital marketing, Software development, and Cyber security.