OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3

Duration:
2 years for full qualification (equivalent to A2).  There is an AS equivalent qualification at the end of Year 12.

Specification:
OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3

Further details are available from the OCR website.

Entry Requirements/Student Suitability:
Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. Prior study of the subject at GCSE level may be of benefit but it is not essential.

Course Content:
3 units for AS (equivalent). No exams all coursework.

  • Unit 1: Communication and employability skills for IT
  • Unit 2: Information systems
  • Unit 3: Website creation
Further 3 units to complete the A Level (equivalent).
  • Unit 4: Interactive media authoring
  • Unit 5: Programming/coding - game making
  • Unit 6: Gaming/understanding/production

For further information see the OCR exam board website.

Methods of Study:
The course aims are to encourage candidates to:

  • Create portfolio work for each unit of work.
  • Develop an understanding of the effects of the use of ICT on the data processing and communications systems within and between organisations and individuals.
  • Develop an understanding of the range of hardware and software tools that may be used to create an effective ICT system.
  • Understand the role of ICT within the local, national and International community.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to tailor application software to meet the needs of given situations and users.
  • Develop skills of analysis and design, and be systematic in the production of solutions with testing, evaluation and appropriate documentation.
  • Develop project and time management skills when producing solutions for a third party.

Independent Study Time:
A successful ICT student will develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT in vocational contexts. Acquire knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations. Finally, an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding.  

Students need to be prepared to work outside of curriculum time. The hours from this will depend on the unit (see teacher concerned).

Progression and the Future:
This full A level equivalent course provides an excellent qualification in itself.  ICT skills are increasingly a necessity for many courses.

  • HND/HNC/Degree Computing.
  • Modules within other degree subjects.
  • Employment.

Subject Contacts:

Mr D Garner
Curriculum Area Leader - ICT

How to Apply:
The Application Process begins in February of each year.  Please contact Debbie Chick, Sixth Form Support, for further information or to request an application form.

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