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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Code VBL3NETY1
Awarding Body OCR
Level OCR Cambridge Technicals
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

The Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in IT course allows students to gain an insight into Computer architecture, Networks, Systems Support, Cloud Computing, Virtualisation and Cyber Security. The IT Infrastructure course will help to develop your critical thinking and vocational skills.

Throughout the course, our links with industry will help you to develop a greater awareness of professional practices in preparation for your work placement within a local IT Service Provider. You will learn a core set of technical skills aligned to leading vendors, which are increasingly sought after within the IT sector.

This course is equivalent to three A levels and is an excellent opportunity to specialise in a computing discipline and enter Higher Education afterwards.

What you'll study

This two-year course is designed to enable students to take their first step into the IT industry or progress to Higher Education.

Students will complete 8 units in the first year of their course and a further 9 units in the second year.

Modules covered include:

  • Computer Networks
  • Cyber Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • Virtualisation
  • Managing a Project
  • Mobile Technologies
  • The Internet of Everything
  • Computer Systems
  • IT Technical Support

The course uses a wide range of learning methods with a focus on practical workshops. These are designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in a supportive environment.

Additionally, although contact hours are tutor and group-based, independent learning is increasingly developed throughout the course, and actively encouraged for your personal development; use of problem-based exercises and relevant scenarios aid this process.

  • This two-year course is designed to enable students to take their first step into the IT industry or progress to Higher Education.

    Students will complete 8 units in the first year of their course and a further 9 units in the second year.

    Modules covered include:

    • Computer Networks
    • Cyber Security
    • Cloud Computing
    • Virtualisation
    • Managing a Project
    • Mobile Technologies
    • The Internet of Everything
    • Computer Systems
    • IT Technical Support
  • The course uses a wide range of learning methods with a focus on practical workshops. These are designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in a supportive environment.

    Additionally, although contact hours are tutor and group-based, independent learning is increasingly developed throughout the course, and actively encouraged for your personal development; use of problem-based exercises and relevant scenarios aid this process.

Assessment

You will be assessed throughout the course using: written assignments, practical assessments and 4 examined Units.

Entry requirements

GCSEs
four GCSEs at Grade 9-4 / A*-C including English and Mathematics, or
Level 2 IT qualification
Merit grade, GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

Work experience

Students will be required to take part in work experience at a local employer.

Student stories

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Next steps

On completion of the course, you will be ready to enter higher education, join level 4 apprenticeship scheme or start work within the IT Industry.

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Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

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