Mr R S Thomas
Teacher-in-charge of ICT, ICT Coordinator & Assistant Headteacher
Mrs P A Kenward
Teacher of ICT
Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)
The Certificate in Digital Applications qualification has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing. The qualification will teach digital design skills and enable young people to use digital tools to express their creativity in an informed and responsible way. In unit 1, pupils will learn how to build a website for a customer, based on a project brief. Pupils demonstrate this during a practical examination. Pupils will also complete the unit 4 aspect of the qualification, where they are asked to design, programme, test and advertise a computer game, based on a given theme.
This qualification is equivalent to one GCSE grade A* - C.
Advantages to learners:
- equip young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make, effective digital products for others to use;
- foster young people’s creativity and develop their independent learning skills;
- enable young people to use digital tools as a means of expression to inform, persuade and entertain;
- equip young people with professional, real-world skills in planning, project management and communication;
- give young people the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to support future learning and exploit the creative digital industries.
Structure of units:
The qualification consists of two units:
Unit 1: Developing Web Products (external examination, 25%)
Unit 4: Game Making (internally assessed coursework, 75%)
GCSE Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing information and communication systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Pupils develops their interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. Pupils also develop a greater understanding of the theory behind the information technology and how information technology is used to solve real world problems and critical reflect upon the use of information technology as an integral part of modern society.
This qualification allows pupils to gain one GCSE grade A* - G.
Advantages to learners:
- builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills established by the National Curriculum Key Stage 3;
- promotes progression through the GCSE and provides a suitable foundation for the study of information technology related disciplines at AS or Advanced Level and/or preparation for future employment and the world of work;
- provides opportunities for candidates to gain a broad understanding of the skills, understanding and knowledge inherent in Information and Communication Technology;
- encourages candidates to see the relationships between systems designer and user, and the role of Information and Communication Technology within the world in which we live.
Structure of units: The qualification consists of four units:
Unit 1: Understanding ICT (external examination, 20%)
Unit 2: Solving Problems with ICT (Controlled Assessment, 30%)
Unit 3: ICT in Organisations (external examination, 20%)
Unit 4: Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions (Controlled Assessment, 30%)