OCR Level 3 National Certificate Information and Communication Technolgy (ICT)

ICTThis qualification is available to anyone who is capable of reaching the required standards. The course has been developed free from any barriers that restrict access or progression thereby promoting equal opportunities.

To achieve the Certificate you must complete six units, consisting of the four mandatory units listed below and a further two units chosen from the optional units.

Mandatory units
Unit 01 Digital business communication
Unit 02 Collaborative working
Unit 03 Problem solving
Unit 04 Creating a digital showcase

Optional units
At Leek High Technology School, two additional optional units are taken from the units listed below:
Unit 05 Advanced spreadsheets
Unit 07 Desk top publishing
Unit 10 Digital imaging photography
Unit 20 Web authoring

What you will learn

The OCR Level 3 Nationals in ICT are intended to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT functions, environments and operations in preparation for higher education and employment. The course specifically aims to:

  • develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations, thereby enhancing your employability within the ICT sector;
  • help you to work autonomously and effectively in an ICT context;
  • demonstrate the skills needed to participate in the operation and development of real ICT organisations;
  • encourage your progression by assisting in the development of the skills, knowledge and understanding that you will need to access further or higher education programmes or occupational training.

Assessment – 100% coursework

Each unit is designed around the principle that you will build a portfolio of evidence showing your progression towards meeting the unit assessment objectives.

Performance at unit level is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction, recognising that you may perform better in meeting the requirements of some objectives more than others.

All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by an OCR Visiting Moderator. This means that there are no written exams and all assessment is through the completion of coursework. You will have an opportunity for continued improvement through the resubmission of work to achieve higher grades.

What we require from you

  • A good level of performance in ICT at Level 2 standard during Y9-Y11.
  • An enthusiastic approach to your work and a willingness to improve you work.
  • The ability to develop new skills and apply them to new situations.
  • A flexible approach and the willingness to develop your independent learning skills.
  • An ability to work alone and collaboratively with others.
  • A understanding that you will be in a realistic working environment in which you produce evidence subject to the following conditions:
    • real time pressures, working to deadlines;
    • real work problems or situations;
    • real tools to do the job.

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