OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT
Summary of course content
This qualification is not just about being able to use computers. Employers have told us that they need people who are able to help them develop their systems or the systems for their customers, use IT as a tool to analyse data and develop applications. Therefore, this qualification is designed to give you a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the field context of applied IT, providing you with the opportunity to enter an apprenticeship, move directly into employment, or progress to a related HE course.
You will take five units, made up of three mandatory and two optional units. You will study the following two mandatory units; Fundamentals of IT and Global information. These units provide you 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.
The three further units will be following the ‘Application Developer pathway.’
Typical job roles within this pathway include; junior web application developer, junior application developer or junior software analyst. You will take the designated mandatory unit for this pathway Unit 6 – Application design. Where you will explore application design and develop a prototype to meet a user requirement.
You will then take two optional units which are Unit 3 – Cyber security which is an examination and Unit 9 – Product development which will extend from Unit 6 and allow you to create the product they design for this unit. Both unit 6 and 9 are coursework project units.
Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT (90 GLH)
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 additional units.
The aim of this unit is to provide a solid foundation in these fundamentals of IT:
- Understand computer hardware
- Understand computer software
- Understand business IT systems
- Understand employability and communication skills used in an IT environment
- Understand ethical and operational issues and threats to computer systems
Unit 1 will be examined in June of Year 12 via a 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks) paper consisting of two sections;
- A comprises multiple choice questions,
- B comprises short answer and extended response questions.
Unit 2 – Global Information (90 GLH)
This unit will provide a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information encountered. Understand the legislation and regulations governing information that flows into and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it.
Specifically this unit provides students with the ability to:
- Understand where information is held globally and how it is transmitted
- Understand the styles, classification and the management of global information
- Understand the use of global information and the benefits to individuals and organisations
- Understand the legal and regulatory framework governing the storage and use of global information
- Understand the process flow of information
- Understand the principles of information security
Unit 2 will be examined in either June of Year 12 or January of Year 13 by a 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks) paper consisting of two sections;
- A comprises short answer and extended response questions based on a pre-release case study.
- B comprises questions not related to the pre-released case study.
Unit 3 – Cyber Security (60 GLH)
This unit has been designed to provide knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations. Learning about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents resulting from these challenges. Apply knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues and solutions by reviewing and making recommendations for ways to best protect digital systems and information.
- Understand what is meant by cyber security
- Understand the issues surrounding cyber security
- Understand measures used to protect against cyber security incidents
- Understand how to manage cyber security incidents
Unit 3 will be examined in June of Year 13 via a 1 hour (60 marks) paper consisting of two sections;
- A comprises short answer and extended response questions based on a pre-release case study that will focus on either personal or corporate perspective.
- B comprises questions not related to the pre-released case study.
Unit 6 – Application Design (60 GLH)
In this unit you will explore potential ideas for a new application and develop the fundamental design for it. You will then develop the designs for an application and how users will interact with it. The application that is designed can be for any sector and for any purpose. You will have the opportunity to present your ideas, prototype them, and gain feedback before refining your design.
Besides the technical knowledge that is gained about designing an application, you will also learn key transferable skills such as liaising with clients, questioning people effectively to gain the information needed to develop successful designs, and presenting your ideas to an audience and getting feedback from them.
- Understand how applications are designed
- Be able to investigate potential solutions for application developments
- Be able to generate designs for application solutions
- Be able to present application solutions to meet client and user requirements
Unit 9 – Product Development (60 GLH)
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
The key to any product development being a success is the analysis, client review, design, testing and final acceptance that takes place. The skills that you will learn can be applied to the development of any product, large or small. You will use product development skills and work through the product development life cycle.
- Understand the product development life cycle
- Be able to design products that meet identified client requirements
- Be able to implement and test products
- Be able to carry out acceptance testing with clients
The table below shows the number of points issued for each grade.
|Unit GLH||Points table for units based on GLH|
Units 1 and 2 are 90 GLH, Units 3, 6 and 9 are 60 GLH
|104 and above||Distinction *||D*|