IT Level 3 Applied

Course Overview

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. 

This course is available to study as an Extended Certificate (60-credit course, equivalent to 1 A Level)

Our course units have been chosen to allow you to follow current digital industry requirements and match the proposed government changes to the national curriculum in ICT. You will study digital pathways and the applications of Virtual and Augmented reality, Social Media and Digital Marketing and Internet of Everything. 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, meet guest speakers and work with local businesses. 

Developments such as the Internet of everything, Smartphone Apps, social media and online gaming means the career opportunities in this market are growing massively 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. 

Year 1 Modules

  • Internet of Everything
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Global information

Year 2 Modules

  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Fundamentals of IT

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at Grade 4 including:
    • Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature
    • Grade 4 in GCSE Maths
    • Grade 4 in GCSE Computer Science or a Merit in Level 2 IT


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

Exam Results 2022: 53% D* - D


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Why choose this course? 

The course has been designed with refreshing and exciting content that’s up-to-date, engaging and suitable for the needs of IT students.

Universities, employers and industry specialists have been consulted to make sure students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century.

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

You will enjoy this course if you have an interest in IT and its applications and would like to develop and design real world applications in the field of IT.

If you have an interest in the way digital technology and Virtual/Augmented Reality is developed and used in modern society this course will be for you.


Skills you'll gain

You will learn about both technologies and how they are used.

You will research both technologies and design both a virtual and an augmented reality resource.

Finally, you will use your research and skills learnt whilst designing and creating resources to suggest future applications for virtual and augmented reality.

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
  • 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
  • Information Technology with Business Studies

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

As someone striving for a career in computer science, during this course I can really say I’ve gained a good idea of what IT is like in the workplace. The course always focuses on the impacts of IT in the real world. Through each unit, we gained different researching and data collection skills that are necessary in a business environment and in some units we even got to apply that research into real marketing campaigns.