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IT Level 3 Applied

Level 3 Applied Courses

IT is at the heart of everyday life, at work, home and in our leisure time: from computer graphics and control systems to communications and problem solving, IT has an ever-increasing role to play. 

Our course has been developed to allow you to follow current digital industry requirements. Developments such as the Internet of everything, Smartphone Apps, social media and online gaming means the career opportunities in this market are massively growing and show no signs of slowing down.

Our course will support you to find career opportunities suited to your individual talents and specialist knowledge such as; computing, graphics, web design, gaming design, animation roles.

This is an Extended Certificate (60 credits) equivalent to one A Level.


Course Content

You will develop a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace, providing useful experience if you have an interest in an IT related career.

Your time will be spent focusing on exploring the interactive ways in which people engage with their digital media; working on a range of individual projects you will take part in course-specific work experience, trips and meet guest speakers.

Year 1

You will start by investigating the fast paced worlds of Virtual and Augmented reality. VR is used for such diverse tasks as teaching complicated surgical procedures to developing walk though architectural models and from educational 3-D expeditions to helping people overcome phobias. Augmented reality has moved on since Pokémon Go and now helps people navigate new cities, trace the paths of pipes in buildings and bring pop up books to life. You will create an augmented reality resource for a real client. You’ll also study the fundamentals of hardware, software and networking.


Year 2

The study of Social Media and Digital Marketing and its uses will enable you use digital tools to create, present and evaluate, a marketing campaign for a real client and you will create an innovative ‘smart’ product as part of the Internet of Everything unit. You will demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet and will learn data and information management techniques plus gain an understanding of the essential security methods needed to keep it safe.


  • 50% Exam
  • 50% Coursework
  • Exam Board: OCR

Special Features

Visits to Amazon’s Cambridge HQ, WorldSkills at the NEC, the centre for Computing History, and a technology exhibition – BETT – at the excel centre have enhanced students experience of IT during their course.


Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE ICT, or a Merit in Level 2 Applied ICT, if taken.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

This course can lead on to a range of careers. IT related options include, database administration, financial and economic modelling, computer–aided design and artificial intelligence.

The course supports many subjects and recent leavers have moved on to degrees in Psychology, Business Studies, Accountancy, Nursing, Games Art and Design, Property Finance and Investment, and Information Technology with Business Studies.

Others have gone on to degree-apprenticeships with organisations such as Astra Zeneca.

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