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OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT


Learners will take five units, made up of three mandatory and two optional units. They will choose to study one of four specialist pathways depending on the career they wish to pursue. 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. Learners will then take two optional units. The optional units to choose from include: Cybersecurity, Project management, Product development, Mobile technology, Social media and digital marketing, Software engineering for business, Games design and prototyping, Internet of Everything, Web design and prototyping and Big data analytics. The optional units will draw on the knowledge acquired from the mandatory units and will further enhance learners’ knowledge, skills and understanding with respect to the development of specifications and the designing, building or testing of application.

Entry requirements

Please refer to The John of Gaunt Sixth Form entry requirements.


This is a two-year course.


By following this link, you can see the specification on the exam board website:







Unit 1

BTEC Level 3

Fundamentals of IT

Written exam: 1hr 30 min

80 marks in total

Section A has multiple choice questions.

Section B has short answer questions and extended writing questions

A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT. After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the additional units.

Unit 2

BTEC Level 3

Global information

Written exam: 1hr 30 min

80 marks in total

Case study with questions

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organisations. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential, and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge. 

Unit 6

BTEC Level 3

Application Design

Written Coursework project


In this unit you will explore potential ideas for a new application and develop the fundamental design for it. You will then develop the designs for an application and how users will interact with it. The application that you design can be for any sector and for any purpose.

There are 2 further units that need to be completed, but the chosen ones will be decided by cohort interest. The options include:

Unit 3 - Cybersecurity

Unit 9 - Product development

Unit 13 - Social media and digital marketing

Unit 15 - Games design and prototyping

Unit 15 - 60 GLH, assessment method I - PDF 985KB

Unit 21 - Web design and prototyping

Moving On

Using the skills and knowledge you will learn from studying Cambridge Technical Level 3 in IT you will have a perfect stepping stone to a number of different paths. You could look at IT courses at University, or you can use these skills to help you start your own development company.