ICT: Key Stage 4

Qualification

EDEXEL: CIDA

The CIDA NG course aims to give students the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by artwork and imaging software to design and create effective graphic products for specified purposes and audiences. Students will investigate a range of graphic products to find out how images are used to convey a particular message. They will discover that they like some of these products more than others and they will need to consider why this is the case.

Once they have a good understanding of the possibilities offered by artwork and imaging, they will learn how to produce images that communicate effectively onscreen and in print and how to combine them with other components to produce graphic products. They will need to consider the medium, purpose and audience as well as file format and size. Students will demonstrate their ability to create effective images and graphic products through their work on a major project set by Edexcel. This will include exhibiting their work and supporting evidence in an eportfolio.

The externally assessed section of the course requires students to demonstrate the graphics techniques and web design skills they have acquired. They will be expected to design a multi-page web site to a specific brief under exam conditions in a set amount of time.

Areas of study will include:

Students will complete units which include the following:

  • Graphics and image editing
  • Vector graphic software
  • Bitmap graphic software
  • Web design software

Assessment:

Students will achieve a qualification worth the equivalent of one GCSE. This will be graded A* – C

Work will be coursework based requiring you to plan and organise your work. There will also be an examined element worth at least 25% of your total grade.

Personal Attributes Required:

You will need to have an interest in ICT. You will need to be able to follow instructions and understand how to edit and improve your work based on external feedback.

Future Career Plans:

ICT opens doors to courses and careers in a world increasingly reliant on computers. Popular courses with recent students include those which combine ICT with management, business, multimedia, web design and graphic design.

Homework Expectations:

There is an expectation that students will complete a range of written and research tasks throughout the course.

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Year 9

Students will start one of three possible coursework options for the next generation Cida qualification: Graphics, multimedia or Game Maker. A select group of students will be entered for the Computer Science option. This will be based on their prior attainment in ICT as well as their Maths and English Levels.

Years 10 and 11

Students will work independently on one of two possible coursework options from the Dida ICT qualifications list. One unit to be completed by the end of Year 10 and another unit to be completed by the end of Year 11.

ICT: CIDA NG

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Computer Science

Those students studying Computer Science will have two pieces of coursework to complete and a final written exam at the end of Year 11.

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ECDL

Students will also be given the opportunity to undertake the ECDL qualification at some point in Year 11. This will depend upon two Factors: 1. the date on which they entered the college (for example if they do not have enough class time to complete the 2 year Cida Course) or 2. The skill set of the student and whether they would be more suited to the ECDL course.

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