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La Retraithe Sixth Form

Information Technology

Studying IT at the La Retraite 6

Exam Board: OCR

Entry Criteria: 5 GCSE Level 5 grades including Maths and English

Why study this course?

This course aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector, as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations.

What will I learn?

Students will learn and develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills.

This will enable students to have a good set of transferable skills that are required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.

How will I be taught?

Students will be taught in a computer suite, over six lessons a week. All of the course resources will be available online so they can access them easily from home using the Chromebook that students are given to keep at the start of the course.

How many hours a week of private study are recommended?

In additional to your the lesson times, students should spend at least 6 additional hours (1 hour for each lesson) developing knowledge and understand of the topics that are covered each week.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You like learning about new technologies, how they work, the effects they can have in different environments and if you enjoy designing, developing and creating new technology that can have an effect on the world in the future.

Course description

The Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT is equivalent to one A Level.

The course is structured into 2 x 90 GHL units and 3 x 60 GHL units. There are two externally-examined units and three further units which are internally assessed, which will make up a specialist pathway called ‘IT Infrastructure Technician’.

Students will develop an understanding of:

Unit 1

  • The fundamentals of hardware, networks, software,
  • The ethical use of computers and
  • How business uses IT.

Unit 2

  • How organisations use information sources both internally and externally
  • The types of information you will encounter within different organisations
  • the legislation and regulation governing information that flows into and out of an organisation and
  • the constraints and limitations that apply to it

Unit 5 

  • What virtual and augmented technology is 
  • How VR and AR resources are used.  
  • How to research, plan and create a virtual and an augmented reality resource.  

Unit 12

  • The wider potential of mobile technologies
  • Its consequences to people and businesses.
  • How to develop IT solutions for different situations.

Unit 13:

  • The positive impacts of social media
  • The negative impacts of social media
  • How social media is used as a digital marketing tool.


In the first-year students will be assessed using mini assessments throughout the first year to test understanding of sub topics that are taught. These assessments will lead to students completing the following externally assessed exams:

Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT – 1h 30mins

Unit 2 – Global information – 1h 30mins

In the second-year students will be assessed through the following pieces of coursework:

Unit 5 – Virtual and augmented reality

Unit 12 – Mobile Technology

Unit 13 - Social Media and Digital Marketing.