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This is a one-year full-time course.A second-year full-time course is available on completion, leading to a full Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT.

Summary

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 have told us 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 to 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.

IT Infrastructure Technician pathway

Typical job roles within this pathway include: IT Technical Support, Database Administrator, Field Technician or Network Technician.

Learners will take the designated mandatory unit for this pathway - computer networks.This unit will give learners the practical ability to plan, implement and maintain computer networks building the key skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to job roles in this field.

What makes Computing at HRC special?

  • You will work with employers on work placement to develop employability and communication skills
  • You will be taught by industry-trained and qualified lecturers
  • You can develop your English and maths whilst studying a vocational course of your choice
  • This course is a great way to start a career in computing

What do our students say?

"This is the best teaching experience I have had so far and is helping me achieve the targets and qualifications I wish for"

"I'm currently studying IT Level 2 and I'm enjoying the course.The teachers are there to help me when I need help and their feedback helps me to find out what I need to change or improve on"

Career Destinations

We are proud that our students go onto a wide range of careers including:

  • Helpdesk technician
  • ICT call centre
  • Network technician/engineer
  • Systems engineer

A Level 3 qualification can also help you gain employment in many other professions as well as unrelated fields such as policing and the military.

What can I do next?

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in IT (1080 GLH)

Once you have completed the Foundation Diploma you can complete the second year of the course to achieve a full Level 3 qualification.  Completion of the two-year course will allow students to progress into higher education, apprenticeship or employment.  The second year of the course will include the following*:

  • Unit 5: Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Unit 13: Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Unit 16: Developing a Smarter Planet
  • Unit 22: Big Data Analytics
  • Unit 24: Enterprise Computing
  • Unit 25: Cloud Technology

*(to be confirmed and subject to change)

What will I be doing?

You will cover the following units:

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT
  • Unit 2: Global Information
  • Unit 3: Cyber Security
  • Unit 4: Computer Networks
  • Unit 12: Mobile Technology
  • Unit 17: Internet of Everything
  • Unit 18: Computer Systems
  • Unit 20: IT Technical Support 

Added Extras

A trip will be organised during the year. Typically this been to gaming conventions/exhibitions.

One week's work experience is an integral element of the programme and you will be required to find a suitable placement.

Independent study is mandatory and topics will be provided by your tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Units 1, 2 and 3 are externally assessed through formal examinations.  These are held in January.  It may be possible to re-sit the exams in June if necessary.

All other units are achieved through coursework assignments which are marked by the teaching team.

Entry requirements?

To take this course you will need:

  • at least 200 GCSE entry points with a minimum of 5 GCSE's.  These should include a Grade 4 in English and a Grade 4 in maths.
  • Alternatively, you can join with a Level 2 IT qualification such as the Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma (with Merit grade or above) with Grade 3 GCSE English and Grade 4 in GCSE maths.

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411

What do I need to bring?

A notepad and pen, memory stick plus costs for the extended trips.

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31 August 2020.

If you are 19 or over on 31 August 2020, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee-paying new entrant, you will pay approximately £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2019/20 and could be subject to change for 2020/21).

Fee-paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £8500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2019/20 and could be subject to change for 2020/21).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

Additional Costs

You will also be required to pay a trip/activity fee of approximately £40 payable on enrolment.

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