(Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate)
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
Students will take five units to achieve this qualification. There are three mandatory units that are
externally assessed. These are:
– The Fundamentals of IT
– Global information
– Cyber Security
The first two mandatory units provide students 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.
Students must then take two of the four optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by
the exam board. The optional units include:
– Project Management
– Product Development
– Systems Analysis and Design
– The Internet of Everything
All units assist in the development of transferrable skills such as communication and problem
solving. The optional units encourage the development of time management, research and
analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, but students will typically have
studied an IT related subject at GCSE level.
This qualification is assessed using a combination of:
External Assessment: which is set and marked by the exam board.
Internal Assessment: where the teacher assesses the learner’s work and is externally moderated.
Every unit achieved will be graded as Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Students who don’t achieve a
Pass in a unit will be Unclassified. A learner must get at least a Pass for every unit to be awarded
the qualification they have entered for. Qualifications are graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction,
Distinction* (and Unclassified) structure.
This qualification is the same size as one A Level so students will have the flexibility to achieve
other qualifications alongside it. They will take units which provide the breadth of knowledge,
understanding and skills to prepare them to study in a Higher Education Institution either on an IT
related degree course or to support an application for a range of other degree courses. This course
carries UCAS points in the same way as a standard A Level course (e.g.: Distinction* is worth the
same as an A* at A Level).
This, combined with other qualifications, will provide students with skills, knowledge and
understanding to progress into Higher Education on an IT releated degree course such as
Information Technology, Information Systems and Information Management. It will also allow
them to choose non-IT related degree programmes or take them into employment.