Information Technology Practitioner (OCR) – September 2024

Funding information: Free For Eligible 16-18 year olds and First Full L2 for 19-23 year olds. Free Adult funding available dependant on learner circumstances otherwise course costs apply.
Duration: Full time course with 30 hours work experience. Students usually have a 4 day a week timetable, classes run from 9am – 4.30pm.
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

Do you love gadgets, games, and new technology? This course is your gateway to a high-flying career in the ever-evolving world of IT!

The Information Technology Practitioner course is designed to equip you with the in-demand skills employers are searching for. Imagine a future where you can:

  • Become a tech whiz: Learn the inner workings of computers, networks, and software, with hands-on practicals to solidify your knowledge.
  • Be a cyber security hero: Uncover the secrets of keeping data safe in our digital world.
  • Explore the cutting edge: Get your hands on mind-blowing tech like Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and 3D printing!
  • Master data analysis: Transform information into insights with powerful database and spreadsheet software.

This OCR accredited course is packed with exciting units that will:

  • Build your IT essentials: Become a pro in computer hardware and software through interactive activities.
  • Become a network guru: Learn how to connect devices and information across networks.
  • Design like a pro: This unit will give you the skills to prototype your own website!
  • Cap it all off with a project: Put your newfound skills to the test with a project that could impress future employers or prepare you for a T Level qualification.

In this course, you will work towards achieving a OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Certificate in IT. However, to prepare you for the T Level and progress to that or employment after this course, we will also cover Level 3 modules in Computer Networks, Web Design and Prototyping.

This is your chance to land a career in a dynamic and well-paid field. Information Technology professionals are in high demand, with opportunities across every industry imaginable. Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of the digital revolution.

Course Content

Unit 1 – Essentials of IT

(Hardware and software practicals will be included in this)

Unit 2 – Essentials of Cyber Security

(Cybersecurity practicals will be included in this)

Unit 8 – Using Emerging Technologies

(This will include VR and 3D printing)

Unit 17 – Using Data Analysis Software

(Database and/or spreadsheet software will be used)

The project will use:

Unit 6 – Participating in a project

Unit 4 – Computer Networks

(to provide some outline for a network project)

Unit 21 – We Design and Prototyping

(to provide some outline for a website project)

Entry Requirements

At least four GCSEs grades D/3 or above including Maths or English, or a relevant Level 1 Qualification. You’ll also be required to demonstrate a passion for ICT and Digital.

Assessment Methods

  • Units 1 and 2 are exam based. However
  • most of the assessments in this course will be conducted through a combination of assignments and presentations alongside a project that is marked. Assignments will evaluate students' proficiency in ICT and will assess their ability to understand
  • explain and put into practice the skills they learn. A personal progression plan will be created for every learner including your goals and aspirations.


After competition of this course, students would either progress on to the T Level in Digital, employment within the sector, or another course within the college.