In Year 13 you will advance the skills you gained in Year 12 to achieve your chosen Diploma qualification following the IT Infrastructure Technician pathway. This will enable you to move from Key Stage 5 into Higher Education or the workplace. The qualification is supported by employers and professional bodies including British Telecom, CISCO, IBM, Digital Assess and CompTIA; so you will be sure to have the skills and knowledge that universities and employers demand.
Single Option: For learners who successfully completed a Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate in IT in Year 12, the opportunity to take the Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate and Introductory Diploma in IT. This qualification is equivalent to one A Level.
Double Option: For learners who successfully completed a Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT in Year 12, the opportunity to take the Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate and Introductory Diploma in IT. This qualification is equivalent to two A Levels, giving you the opportunity to increase the breadth and depth of your knowledge, skills and understanding.
Internal and external assessment of work
You will complete discreet units of internally assessed coursework aimed at equipping you with employability skills and an appreciation of how IT is used in industry. For the double option only, you will also complete an externally examined unit providing you with an insight into the flow of information on a global scale. Learners may re-sit an examined unit once before they complete the qualification.
A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above.
Recommended support materials and revision guides
Learners are encouraged to read up on the current uses and innovations in IT using magazines, newspapers and the internet. There will also be the opportunity to attend revision/support classes.
This course prepares learners for employment in the IT sector, progression into ITrelated apprenticeships or to support further study in Higher Education. Typical job roles from the IT Infrastructure Technician pathway include: IT Technical Support, Digital Technologies, Network Technician, Infrastructure Technician, Field Technician, Network Planner, Cloud Technician and Database Administrator.