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Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT

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 The qualification aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. You will gain an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations. Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT focus on the requirements that today’s universities and employers demand.


You will also develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. These support the transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.


The chosen pathway, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner, spans two years and include 5 units:

  • Year 1: Unit 1 and unit 2

  • Year 2: Unit 3, unit 5 and unit 17


You will practically apply your skills and knowledge in preparation for further study, apprenticeship or the workplace.


This qualification is suitable for learners:


  • studying to prepare for employment in the IT sector

  • who want to progress into IT-related apprenticeships

  • who want to gain a level 3 qualification to support further study in Further Education (FE) or to progress to Higher Education (HE) in in IT

  • studying for career development and who are already in employment.

Courses Offered

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT.

Pathway: Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner.

Equivalent to 1 A level.

Syllabus Breakdown

You will take five units, made up of three mandatory and two optional units. You will study our chosen specialist pathway, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner.


All learners will study the following two mandatory units; Fundamentals of IT and Global information. These 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.


In addition, you are required to complete three further units, one of which is the designated mandatory unit for the pathway, Virtual and Augmented Reality, thereby ensuring that you are specialising in a specific area as part of your study programme. You will be firmly en route to achieving a qualification that is relevant to the job role you wish to pursue as well as equipping you with relevant employability skills. The remaining optional units will support and enhance the skills that you are developing in the particular pathway, thus enabling you to gain a deeper appreciation of the specific industry, occupation or occupational group.


The units we will cover include:

  Unit       Title                                                 Assessment Mode        GLH
  Unit 1    Fundamentals of IT                         Examination                90
  Unit 2    Global Information                          Examination                90
  Unit 3    Cyber Security                                  Examination                60
  Unit 5    Virtual and Augmented Reality   Portfolio                        60
  Unit 17  Internet of Everything                    Portfolio                        60

Minimum Entry Requirements

To gain a place at the Knights Templar Sixth Form, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above. There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However it would be advantageous if you have studied similar unit content at Level 2. It is recommended that you have, or are working towards, a grade 4 or above in Maths and English GCSEs.

Why Study This Subject?

This qualification is for learners 16 years old or over who prefer to study IT in a context that allows them to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the IT sector.

This qualification is not just about being able to use computers. Employers 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 learners a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the context of applied IT, providing them with the opportunity to enter an apprenticeship, move directly into employment, or progress to a related Higher Education (HE) course.

Learners could progress onto a Level 4 apprenticeship such as Network Engineer or Software Developer or into employment in the IT sector in areas such as technical support, digital technologies, application development or data analysis.

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What Can I Do Next?

With the knowledge gained in the study of the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT, with the chosen pathway of Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner, will help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Mobility+, Cisco IT Essentials, VM Ware, 3D modelling, digital transformation, the film and games industry and Cisco IoE.