Information Technology

Course Overview

This course will provide you with the opportunity through applied learning to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector. There are three mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber Security. The first two mandatory units provide learners with 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 important legal and security considerations. The third mandatory unit reflects an important development in the sector around information security, and requires learners to consider how data should be protected, and the response of the IT sector to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism. You will also complete two coursework units, which will be internally assessed and each based on a different brief.

Assessment & Examination

The course is comprised of three external examinations, which can be taken in either January or June, and two coursework units.

Paper 1 - Fundamentals of IT a 1 hour 30 minute written examination, comprising multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions. A calculator may be used.

Paper 2 - Global information a 1 hour 30 minute written examination, comprising short answer and extended response questions.

Paper 3 - Cyber Security a 1 hour 30 minute written examination, comprising short answer and extended response questions.

You must then take two of the four optional units that are internally assessed and moderated by OCR.


You will only need basic stationery and a scientific calculator. However, there are a number of academic text books which are recommended reading and we would encourage you to purchase copies.

Prior Knowledge

There is no expectation that you will have any prior knowledge of ICT. It is preferable, however, that you have an active interest in ICT and digital technology.

Beyond The Course

The Cambridge Technical Level in ICT is well-respected, and provides an excellent basis for a wide range of roles in the IT industry. It provides a solid platform for further study at university, or for progression into IT related apprenticeships. The course also assists in the development of transferrable skills such as communication and problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills, all of which are essential in any industry.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Level 6 in either ICT or Computer Science.

Entry to Sixth Form also requires:

  • GCSE Level 5 in English Language or English Literature;
  • GCSE Level 5 in Maths;
  • Four other GCSEs at Level 5, in addition to English and Maths.

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