Level 3 Information Technology

Entry Guidance

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.

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Typical Syllabus Outline

Students will experience the IT environment in a variety of approaches including work experience, links with local employers, case studies and research.

Most students will have the opportunity of studying:

  • National Subsidiary Diploma (SD), equivalent to 1 A Level graded A – E (6 units of work, 2 of which are Compulsory)
  • National Diploma (D), equivalent to 2 A Levels graded A – E (12 units of work, 3 of which are Compulsory)

Compulsory Units

  • Unit 1 – Communication and Employability Skills for IT (SD, D, ED)
  • Unit 2 – Computer Systems (SD, D, ED)
  • Unit 3 – Information Systems (D, ED)
  • Unit 4 – Impact of the Use of IT on Business Systems (ED)

Additional Units

Students would take the compulsory units plus a selection of other units from the 43 available, examples of these include 2D animation, 3D Modelling, Web Animation and Interactive Media, Computer Game Platforms and Technologies, E-Commerce and Web Design.

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All units are assessed within school by the course tutor and then moderated by the exam board. Each unit involves the production of a portfolio of work based on a sample exam board assignment. All portfolios are based on case studies and real world scenarios. Candidates are expected to solve business related problems by using the ICT skills that they will develop.


This course focuses on practical skills taught in real-life situations. There are no formal written exams and skills developed are practical and applicable, they are also favoured by employers. Candidates will be expected to complete large quantities of coursework and it is important to recognise that the lack of any formal written examination is balanced out with the large amount of practical assessment that will take place during the course. The nature of the course allows us to tailor the units to meet the requirements of both the Academy and the pupils. The qualification allows for a number of progression routes into Higher Education or employment.