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Information Technology (Vocational) - Level 3


This course is part of our 2+1 offer and must be studied alongside two other A Level courses. It is the equivalent to 1.5 A Levels.

This is an OCR Technical Extended Certificate Qualification and will develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector. The course will cover a range of mandatory units (cyber security, fundamentals of IT etc) before you chooose a specialist pathway of either IT infrastructure, technician or application developer. 

Recommended courses to study alongside this certificate include:

Start dates and fees

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September 20221102Apply online

What will I study?

Learners will be able to develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector and develop further skills by completing a range of units. Learners must achieve a total of five units consisting of two mandatory examined units and three further units. The choice of units will depend on the specialist pathway selected.

Mandatory examined units:

  • Fundamentals of IT
  • Global information
  • Cyber security

IT Infrastructure Technician Pathway:

  • Computer networks
  • IT technical support
  • Developing a smarter planet

Application Developer Pathway:

  • Application design
  • Web design and prototyping
  • Software engineering for business

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language and maths. Science with 44/CC (double science) or 444/CCC (triple science).
  • You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

The mandatory units are externally examined.

Graded Distinction*, Distinction, Merit and Pass.

Students will be awarded 56 UCAS points for Distinction*, 48 UCAS points for Distinction, 32 UCAS points for Merit and 16 UCAS points for a Pass.

Success rates

Pass rate 2020 - 100%

What does the course lead to?

Careers in Information Technology and computer games programming/development.

What can I progress onto?

  • Computing Bsc
  • Information Technology Bsc
  • Computer Games Programming/Development Bsc
  • An apprenticeship in a digital subject.

In order to study computer science at Russell Group universities such as Nottingham University, a typical offer will be A ,A, Distinction*.


How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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