This qualification is for pupils who prefer to study IT in a context that allows them to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the IT sector. Meaning approximately 50% of the course is based on coursework.

What’s it about?

Why study IT?

Entry requirements

What you learn

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This qualification is not just about being able to use computers. Employers have said that they need people who are able to help them develop their systems or the systems for their customers, use IT as a tool to analyse data and develop applications. Therefore, this qualification is designed to give pupils a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the context of applied IT, providing them with the opportunity to enter an apprenticeship, move directly into employment, or progress to a related Higher Education degree course.

The Course Structure

This course is suitable for everyone no matter on your IT experience or ability. We have a proven track record of fantastic results in this subject, many from pupils with no previous IT experience and so if you want a qualification that will open doors, prepare yourself for the future of work or academia and life then this course may be for you.

The course itself is refreshing, stimulating and modern and has exciting content which is up to date, engaging, fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of all students. OCR has consulted with employers and industry specialists to make sure that students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century. The qualification aims to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the essentials of IT and follows the Digital Software Practitioner Strand. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations. Designed in collaboration with industry experts the qualifications focus on the requirements that today’s employers demand.

There is no AS Level equivalent for this course and so it should be treated as a two year course.

Digital Software Practitioner Pathway This pathway focuses on the job role of a software practitioner across a range of sectors including website creation, mobile applications or games creation. Students will also explore programming languages used to build apps and the contexts in which these may be used.

Mandatory Units:

Essentials of IT

The IT solutions that businesses use in the modern world are made up of many different component parts. These parts can include PCs, PCs that are linked together to form a network, devices and wearable technologies that are attached to the PC or the network via the cloud and the internet. These business solutions are designed to help businesses to operate.

Global Information

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet by individuals and organisations. Students will discover that good management of both data and information is essential and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge. This unit will provide students with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information they will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give students knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. They will also learn about how individuals use information of various types.

Optional Units

In addition, students will complete 3 optional units in Application Design, The Internet of Things and Mobile Technology.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification or any specific prior learning requirements, although a good level of literacy and numeracy is expected.


Please note – if you are opting to study IT and not opting to study A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking level 3 Core Maths as your 4th option (rather than EPQ or Directed Study).

Potential Careers

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Database Administrator
  • Digital Industries such as Social Media and Marketing
  • Digital Technologies
  • Information Systems Security Manager
  • IT Auditor
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Network Engineer
  • Web Developer

 Why Study IT?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
IT Cambridge Technical 5+ Mathematics and 5+ English Language

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.