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IT Certificate/Extended Certificate Level 3 Cambridge Technicals

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology
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What will you be working towards?

Code 60042254
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Cambridge Technicals prepares students for a world increasingly dominated by the use of IT systems. It is an ideal subject for students who want a broad education in IT as well as those looking to develop skills needed in a vocational or work context. The course inspires students to achieve the best they can and empowers them to take charge of their own learning and development.

The course is designed to:
- Develop knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems.
- Provide an insight into the IT sector as students investigate the pace of technological changes, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations.
- Develop project management skills and working with others


Unit 1 - Fundamentals in IT

A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will create a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.

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, by individuals and organisations. 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 and the types of information you will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give you knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations.

Unit 3 - Cyber Security

Business and e-commerce can be undertaken twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and telecommunications enable us to keep in touch with family and friends and collaborate with colleagues at any time. Mobile devices offer us freedom and flexibility of where and how we learn and work. 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.

Unit 8 - Project Management

This unit will provide you with the opportunity to understand and use various project planning skills and techniques, thereby enabling you to become more effective in the workplace. The key to any project being a success is the planning and management that takes place. Project management skills are essential transferable skills that can be used for all projects whether it’s traditional methodologies or more recently adopted agile approaches within the IT development environment. These skills can be adapted and used even on the smallest ‘tasks’ during the planning and implementation stages.

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.

How will it be delivered?

For your overall IT qualification you will get a grade between Distinction* and Pass from the OCR examination board. The Certificate units are 100% external examinations. The Extended Certificate units are 66% internal assessment and 33% external exam

Entry requirements

6 grade 5s (or equivalent), including at least a grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

Students must have a minimum of a good pass grade in the relevant subject (if taken) at level 2.


Your next steps...

A good foundation in IT will enable you to follow one of a wide variety of career paths. Graduates and others with qualifications in IT and related areas have no difficulty in finding excellent employment opportunities. An IT qualification is a good basis for work in data processing, computing, software engineering, programming and many other industries.

The Cambridge Technicals qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully you can move on to study for a BTEC Higher National Diploma or a degree in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management


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