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Information Technology (Vocational) - Level 3


This is an OCR Technical Extended Certificate Qualification and will develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector. The coruse will cover a range of mandatory units (cyber security, fundamentals of IT etc) before you chooose a specialist pathway of either IT infrastructure, technician or application developer. 

This qualification is the equivalent of one A Level and must be studied alongside two other A Level subjects.

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language and maths. Science with 44/CC (double science) or 444/CCC (triple science).

Start dates and fees

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September 20201102Apply online

How long is the course?

This qualification is the equivalent of one A Level and is to be studied alongside two A levels for two years.


How will I be assessed?

The mandatory units are externally examined.

Graded Distinction*, Distinction, Merit and Pass.

Students will be awarded 56 UCAS points for Distinction*, 48 UCAS points for Distinction, 32 UCAS points for Merit and 16 UCAS points for a Pass.

What does the course lead to?

Careers in Information Technology, and computer games programming/development.

What will I study?

Learners will be able to develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector, and develop further skills by completing a range of units. Learners must achieve a total of five units consisting of two mandatory examined units and three further units. The choice of units will depend on the specialist pathway selected.

Mandatory examined units

  • Fundamentals of IT
  • Global information
  • Cyber security

IT Infrastructure Technician Pathway

  • Computer networks
  • IT technical support
  • Developing a smarter planet

Application Developer Pathway

  • Application design
  • Web design and prototyping
  • Software engineering for business

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

  • Computing Bsc
  • Information Technology Bsc
  • Computer Games Programming/Development Bsc
  • Or an apprenticeship in a digital subject.

In order to study computer science at Russell Group universities such as Nottingham University, a typical offer will be A ,A, Distinction*.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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