Cambridge National Level 2 ICT

Cambridge National Level 2 Information Technologies

From personal computers to smartphones, from websites to apps, all of our lives are enhanced through the use of ICT.

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The Cambridge National in Information Technologies reflects this and provides students with a solid foundation for understanding and applying this subject in their future working lives.

 

How is the course assessed?

There is one centre assessed unit offering practical task-based assessment, alongside the examined unit of assessment. The completed course leads to a grade between Distinction* to Pass.

 

Unit
Unit title
Assessment method
GCSE Weighting
R012
Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions
External examination
(1 hr 45 mins)
50%
R013
Developing technological solutions
Centre assessed
(20 hours approx.)
50%

 

Unit R012 - Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions

Students will sit an exam to assess their knowledge and understanding of different technologies (hardware and software applications), and tools and techniques used to select, store, manipulate and present data and information.

They will also be assessed on what the phases of the project life cycle are, the interaction between the phases and the inputs and outputs within each phase. Using this understanding of the project life cycle, together with their knowledge of various information technologies, they will be prepared to develop technological solutions.

They will need to understand the different risks associated with the collection, storage and use of data and how the legal, moral, ethical and security issues can have an impact on organisations and individuals. They also need to understand how such risks can be mitigated.

This knowledge and understanding will help them to make decisions and appropriate choices when developing a technological solution which they will be asked to do in the practical assignment.

 

Unit R013 – Developing technological solutions

This assessment focuses on how effectively learners use their skills when developing a technological solution. They will be given a project to develop a technological solution that processes data and communicates information.

 

Project initiation, planning and review

The project life cycle not only underpins IT projects but is transferable to many other contexts. Alongside understanding each stage of the life cycle, students will learn about the methods and processes used to complete each stage. Having been provided with a data problem, students will creatively use their skills to plan and develop a technological solution. Students will undertake activities such as creating project plans, creative idea generation, carrying out research and online surveys and keeping their projects on track through using online project tools and on-going iterative reviews.

 

Collecting, manipulating/processing and storing data

Technology underpins how data is collected and information is communicated nearly all of the time. It can be seen in all walks of life, from a wearable fitness tracker recording how many steps you have taken, your mobile phone provider recording your usage to create your bill or an online retailer being able to target you with specific promotions based on your purchase history.

Students will learn how to use different technologies (hardware and software applications), and tools and techniques used to select, store and manipulate data.

 

Creatively developing meaningful information for customer distribution

Having created their solution, students will use different hardware and software technologies to communicate this information. Students will have the opportunity to use a breadth of distribution channels, ranging from traditional methods of presentation such as customer mail outs to using online technologies such as email, app technologies or social media and web uploads. Students will develop the confidence to use a range of information technology that is currently available, as well as being adaptable and resilient enough to deal with its rapid advances.

 

Awareness of the importance of legal, moral, ethical and security factors

Essential when handling data is an understanding of the surrounding legal, moral, ethical, and security issues. This theme considers this along with the different risks associated with data and its storage and how these can be mitigated (for example, minimising risks of cyber-attacks). This element will provide students with the skills to stay safe when completing their future activities using information technologies, be that for personal, education or working for an employer.

 

Progression and future careers

Students will develop skills, knowledge and understanding through this qualification which are relevant to both work and further study. It will support students in a range of subject areas such as A Levels in Business or Geography, or Cambridge Technicals in IT or Further Education. It will also support progression into employment through Apprenticeships in areas such as Digital Marketer or Business Administrator.

 

Course Title
Cambridge Nationals - Information Technologies (Level 2)
Examination Board
OCR
Assessment
There is one examination taken in year 10, equivalent to 50% of the final qualification grade. There is a centre assessed unit completed over years 10 and 11 which is equivalent to 50% of the final qualification grade.
Is this course right for me?
This vocational course is suitable for young people who would like to find out more about ICT and its use in society. It will allow you to develop your technical skills and help improve your career options. This qualification will open up an incredible world of opportunities for work in both in the technology industries and in supporting roles within other industries.
Unit Content
Unit R012 (50%)
Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions
Unit R013 (50%)
Developing technological solutions
Other Information
Information Technology is a subject which is becoming more and more central to every type of business. A good foundation in Information Technology (IT) will open doors to diverse career paths. Well qualified and skilled IT personnel are in great demand as shown in numerous surveys. An IT qualification is a good basis for work as an IT consultant, software engineer, analyst or programmer.
Extra Curricular Opportunities
The faculty promotes links with industry and invites professionals to speak to students about career pathways.
Each week ICT club provides an opportunity for students to refine their application skills e.g. spreadsheets, databases and word processing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computer Science & Emerging Technologies Contact


Richard Heppell
Head of Faculty
Amerjit Kaur
Head of ICT