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IT: Level 3 Diploma - Application Developer Pathway or Digital Technician Pathway

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Course information

Course Summary

The OCR Diploma in IT is designed to give students the skills and knowledge they need to gain employment in the IT Sector or move on to further study of Computing at a higher level. There are two distinct pathways – software and hardware - you could follow on this diploma course, depending on interview, experience and assessment.

The course will involve visits to networking and software development events.

Course Code:N3210
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Awarded by:Pearson (BTEC)  
Course Length

Two years

Course Detail

In the first term all students will study 3 core units to give you an understanding of Global Information, IT fundamentals and Digital Marketing, which are useful for all career pathways

At the end of the first term, students will then be placed onto one of two pathways leading to careers in different industry areas, depending on interest, aptitude and ability.

Year 1 - Term 1

  • Unit 1 - Fundamentals of IT (90 credits) - Exam
  • Unit 2 - Global Information (90 credits) - Exam
  • Unit 13 - Social Media and Digital Marketing (60 credits) - Coursework


Pathway 1: Digital Technician (hardware pathway)

In the second term, some students will go on to study on the Digital Technician Pathway, which will involve the below:

  • Design, implementation and management IT Infrastructure.
  • Activities and roles that are carried out in the workplace
  • Selecting hardware and software for clients,
  • Build, upgrade or develop computer systems
  • Build, upgrade or develop networks
  • Security of networks and Systems


Year 1 - Term 2

  • Unit 18 - Computer Systems - Hardware (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 17 - Internet of Everything (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 19 - Computer Systems - Software (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 4 - Computer Networks (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 12 - Mobile Technology (60 credits) - Coursework

In the third term you will be allocated an Industry Placement for 9 weeks. This will be at a company relevant to your chosen pathway.


Year 2 - Term 1

  • Unit 3 - Cyber Security (60 credits) - Exam
  • Unit CC+ - Cloud Technology (90 credits) - Exam
  • Unit 11 - Systems Analysis and Design (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 5 - Virtual and Augmented Reality (60 credits) - Coursework

Year 2 - Term 1

  • Unit 8 - Project Management (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 9 - Product Development (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 24 - Enterprise Computing (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 20 - IT Technical Support (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 16 - Developing a Smarter Planet (60 credits) - Coursework


Pathway 2: Application Data Practitioner (software pathway)

  • Developing applications across platforms and sectors.
  • Demonstrate skills of writing specifications,
  • Design, build, testing and implementation of applications.
  • Evaluate risks with data


Year 1 - Term 2

  • Unit 21 - Web Design and Prototyping (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 15 - Games Design and Prototyping (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 12 - Mobile Technology (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 14 - Software Engineering for Business (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 17 - Internet of Everything (60 credits) - Coursework


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In the third term you will be allocated an Industry Placement for 9 weeks. This will be at a company relevant to your chosen pathway.

In the second year you will study the following units:

Year 2 - Term 1

  • Unit 3 - Cyber Security (60 credits) - Exam
  • Unit CC+ - Cloud Technology (90 credits) - Exam
  • Unit 7 - Data Analysis and Design (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 11 - Systems Analysis and Design (60 credits) - Coursework


Year 2 - Term 2

  • Unit 6 - Application Design (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 24 - Enterprise Computing (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 10 - Business Computing (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 8 - Project Management (60 credits) - Coursework
  • Unit 9 - Product Development (60 credits) - Coursework
Course Fees

Fees for 2019/20: £4,190

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2019/20 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.
Entry Requirements

New Students

Five GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including maths and English. We also require a good reference from your school alongside your application.

Progressing students

Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus English and maths. A satisfactory reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

On successful completion of a BTEC National qualification, a learner can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same or related vocational area.

Career options include Business, Information Systems or Database Management. Further education and training is available at Nescot, either on the HND in Computing or professional courses including CISCO and Oracle.

Potential career routes in the Computing industry:

  • Audio visual technology
  • Business administration
  • Business management
  • Consultant
  • Customer service
  • Data analyst
  • Database programmer
  • Games developer
  • Helpdesk
  • Network installation
  • Programmer
  • Security expert
  • Software developer
  • Support technician
  • System analyst
  • Web designer
Other Information

Disclaimer:

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Last updated - 08/10/20