Success in any occupation, be it law, medicine, business, education, entertainment, finance, requires a command of Information Technology (IT). As a result, IT is and will remain integral to the workplace for years to come.

The objective of this qualification is to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the essentials of IT and cyber security. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations. The course will provide students with real‐world experience of IT in action, as well as exposure to industries and employers.

Key Skills

The course develops employability skills; these can be categorised into the following:

  • cognitive and problem‐solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non‐routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self‐management, adaptability and resilience, self‐monitoring and development.


Course Overview

Year 1 (Technical Certificate)  


Year 2 (Technical Extended Certificate)
Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT; A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will create a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.

After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the additional units.


Unit 2: Global information; This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give you knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn about how individuals use information of various types. This unit will help you to understand the legislation and regulation governing information which flows in to and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it. You will also learn the relationship between data and Information.

Unit 3: Cyber security; This unit has been designed to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations. You will learn about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents resulting from these challenges.


Unit 9: Product development; The key to any product development being a success is the analysis, client review, design, testing and final acceptance that takes place. The skills that you will learn can be applied to the development of any product, large or small. You will use product development skills and work through the product development life cycle.


Unit 17: Internet of everything; This unit is about the use of the Internet and how it is impacting people and society. You will learn about the Internet of Everything and how it is used. Using your knowledge, you will carry out a feasibility study for a potential idea. You will pitch your idea to potential stakeholders and use their feedback to revise you proposal.


Career/Higher Education Application Entry Requirements
This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. The content is equivalent in size to one A Level acknowledged by most Universities. The qualification supports entry to, for example:

•  HND in business

•  BA (Hons) in computer arts

•  BSc (Hons) in fashion buying management

•  BSc (Hons) in software development for animation

•  BA (Hons) in accounting and finance.

Upper grade 5 or above in GCSE ICT or computer science or grade 5 or above in GCSE in English and mathematics



Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in IT (Students wishing to only achieve the ‘Certificate’ qualification must take all of the assessments listed below)
Assessment Outline Grading
1 hour 30 mins paper

(80 marks)

Fundamentals of IT (externally set written examination paper)  50% of


1 hour 30 mins paper

(80 marks)

Global Information (externally set written examination paper) 50% of Certificate

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

in IT (to gain this Certificate’, students must take all of the assessments listed below as well as the those required for the ‘Certificate’)

Assessment Outline Grading
1 hour paper (60 marks) Cyber security

(externally set written examination paper)

1/6 of



Portfolio Product development (assignment marked internally) 1/6 of



Portfolio Internet of everything (assignment marked internally) 1/6 of