OCR Nationals ICT Level 2
[Exam Board: OCR]
Why study this course?
Cambridge Nationals ICT gives students a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their future working lives. Three themes are covered based around business information systems, the creative use of ICT and technical use of ICT. This is a vocationally-related qualification and takes a practical approach to learning and assessment throughout the course. This course will suit students who enjoy the practical use of ICT and who are organised and thorough in their work.
What content is covered?
Two compulsory units are covered in the course. They are Unit1: Understanding Computer Systems (types of software, networks, ICT systems, hardware. Security, methods of trans-ferring data and working with documents) The second compulsory unit is Unit2: Using ICT Skills to Create Business Solutions (working with information and software tools to solve business problems and skills used in searching for information)
A further 6 units are covered in the course. They include units in:
- Introduction to computer programming
- Handling data using spreadsheets
- Handling data using databases
- Creating an interactive product using multimedia components
- Creating digital images
- Creating dynamic products using sound and vision
The creative units will be a main focus of Year 11.
How will I be assessed?
Students completing all eight units will achieve a Cambridge National Diploma in ICT equivalent to two GCSE’s. Cambridge Nationals are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* which are equivalent to GCSE grades C to A*. All units are undertaken as coursework except for the first unit which is assessed through a one hour written paper. It is planned that most students will take all eight units. Students will have to be well-organised and motivated to undertake the coursework examined units.
For further information please contact Mr N Williams (Head of ICT) at the school.