1 GCSE Equivalent (Cambridge National Certificate)
Graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction
The world is becoming increasingly dominated by the use of Information Technology, which influence every aspect of our lives and play an important role in education and business. Students who wish to specialise further in IT or enjoy using Information Technology for leisure and to support their learning, should definitely consider the Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia. Recent government reforms in education have meant there will no longer be a standard GCSE in ICT. All schools going forward, will have to select a different course for Information Technology, and we believe the Cambridge National will help provide students with both the creative and technical skills to be active participants in an exciting and dynamic world in both future work and study.
This course covers a wide range of topics and skills to help prepare students for how IT and Digital Media might support a number of environments. The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to material and techniques; encouraging independence and creativity and providing tasks that engage with many aspects of the Curriculum.
“This qualification will provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being.”
Three themes are covered:
Information Technology in support creative digital skills
The use of IT to create a range of digital products
Project Management Skills
Courtesy of www.ocr.org.uk
Students will begin studying towards the first part of the course during Year 9. This is to allow them to maximise their achievement within the subject and learn the underpinning theory for exam work. In Year 10/11, students will go on to study further units, which will allow them to complete the Certificate. It is likely that these units will be taken from the following options:
Unit R081 - Pre-Production Skills
Unit R082 - Creating Digital Graphics
Unit R085 - Creating a Multipage Website
Unit R087 - Creating interactive multimedia products
Unit R088 - Creating a digital sound sequence
Unit R089 - Creating a digital video sequence
Unit R090 - Digital Photography
Unit R092 - Developing Digital Games
How will I be assessed?
75% Controlled Assessment
25% External Exam
R001 Unit (Exam) – possible assessment date: Summer of Year 10 and January Year 11
Unit R002 – possible assessment date: Spring of Year 10
Third Unit - possible assessment date: Autumn of Year 11
Fourth Unit – possible assessment date: Spring of Year 11
PLEASE NOTE: these assessment structures and schedules are subject to change.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IN THE INTERESTS OF STUDENTS KEEPING THEIR CURRICULUM AS BROAD AS POSSIBLE, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO STUDY BOTH CAMBRIDGE NATIONAL IN CREATIVE IMEDIA AND THE GCSE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE TOGETHER.
Important Note: There is a significant degree of reform at the moment in the education system. It is possible that this qualification may change in structure during the course of the next three years. In the unlikely event that these changes made it unsuitable for our students to pursue, we may look to swap them onto an alternative Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) qualification in Information Technology in order to better meet their needs.
A detailed knowledge of Information Technology is a requirement of virtually any job or career. Even those students who do not wish to pursue a career as a specialist in Information Technology will still need to have a good all around knowledge of the subject. Completing the Cambridge National is a way of showing future employers, colleges and universities that you can work through a wide range of Information Technology problems and have a good all round awareness of different software applications.