Cambridge Technicals in ICT Cambridge Technicals

About the Course

Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Cambridge Technicals in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. All learners will study the following three mandatory units; Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security. The first two units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector, as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale, as well as the important legal and security considerations. Cyber security reflects an important development in the sector around information security and requires learners to consider how data should be protected and how the IT sector should respond to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism. ‘Application Developer’ is the pathway the IT department has chosen to follow as we consider this is the pathway that is most suited to our students. The Diploma takes 720 GLH to deliver, which is a similar size to two A levels. The course will enable learners to increase the breadth and depth of their knowledge, skills and understanding within the chosen pathway; this will provide them with greater access to specialised roles within the IT sector. It also provides students with the flexibility to achieve other qualifications, whether vocational or academic, in preparation for employment or further study in this sector via apprenticeships or higher education.

Exam Board

OCR. The Level 3 Cambridge Technicals course is made up of a mixture of externally assessed examinations and internally assessed coursework that is externally moderated by the exam board. The mandatory units (discussed previously) contributes up to 41.7% of the overall grade.


Grade 5 in ICT plus Grade 5 English Language and Mathematics

Course Content

AS Level Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT. This is a mandatory unit assessed by sitting an external examination. It allows students to gain a sound understanding of IT technologies and practices 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. Unit 2: Global Information. This is another mandatory unit (again assessed by sitting an external examination) and the purpose of this is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organisations. This unit will provide students with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information they will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give students knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. They will also learn about how individuals use information of various types. Finally, students will understand the legislation and regulation governing information that flows into and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it. Unit 6: Application design. The third mandatory unit will see students exploring potential ideas for a new application and develop the fundamental design for it. They will develop the designs for an application and gain an understanding of how users will interact with it. Unit 9: Product development. The purpose of this unit is to prepare students to undertake product development activities. They will learn about different product design methodologies and the role of the product development life cycle. In addition, students will discover the factors that influence product developments. Unit 12: Mobile technology. The aim of this unit is to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the wider potential of mobile technologies and its consequences to people and businesses. This unit is as much about new technologies as it is about promoting critical analysis of existing situations and proposing better solutions A Level Unit 3: Cyber security. This is a mandatory unit which is assessed by sitting an external examination. The unit has been designed to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations. Students will learn about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents resulting from these challenges. They will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues and solutions by reviewing and making recommendations for ways to best protect digital systems and information. The other 5 coursework units will be determined depending on the strengths of our students. However, the units will further enhance the students’ knowledge, skills and understanding with respect to the development of specifications and the designing, building, testing and implementation of applications.  

Beyond the Classroom

Catch up sessions are run every week for students who need extra tuition. Visits and talks will be arranged throughout the two years to broaden the knowledge and understanding of our students.

Your Future

A large proportion of our students go into higher/further education to study ICT related courses. Typical job roles within this pathway include; Web Application Developer, Software Engineer, Mobile Application Developer, Application Developer or Software Analyst.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mr R Yates
Hall Cross Academy
Future First Artsmark
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