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What is a Cambridge National in Information Technology?
This course will give you a wide skills base in a range of ICT areas that can be used and applied in all industries. The need for ICT skills and qualifications has become a necessity to all businesses and higher education organisations, making this an important subject for the present and the future. You may be interested in this if you want an engaging qualification where you will use your learning in practical, real-life situations, such as:
What do I need to know or be able to do before taking the National Cambridge Award in Information Technology?
You will need to have enjoyed Information and Communication Technology before starting the GCSE. You may have enjoyed projects such as Data Analytics, Web Theory, App Design & E-safety. It is important that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in Information and Communication Technology, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. You may also have a keen business mind as some of the theory content ties to business theory such as marketing and target audience.
You may have enjoyed these Key Stage 3 projects:
Why should I choose this course? You will,
Who is the Cambridge National in Information Technology for?
This course will appeal to you if you:
The structure of the Cambridge National Award in Information Technology
|Component 1: IT in the Digital World||36%||Written Exam|
|Component 2: Data manipulation using spreadsheets||32%||Coursework|
|Component 3: Using augmented reality to present information||32%||Coursework|
Component 1: IT in the Digital World
In this unit, you will learn the theoretical knowledge and understanding to apply design tools for applications, principles of human computer interfaces and the use of data and testing in different contexts when creating IT solutions or products.
You will understand the uses of Internet of Everything and the application of this in everyday life, cyber-security and legislations related to the use of IT systems, and the different types of digital communications software, devices, and distribution channels.
Component 2: Data manipulation using spreadsheets
In this unit, you will learn the skills to be able to plan and design a spreadsheet solution to meet client requirements. You will be able to use a range of tools and techniques to cerate a spreadsheet solution based on their design, which you will test. You will be able to evaluate your solution based on the user requirements.
Component 3: Using augmented reality to present information
In this unit, you will learn the purpose, use and types of augmented reality (AR) in different contexts and how they are used on different digital devices. You will develop the skills to be able to design and create an AR model prototype, using a range of tools and techniques. You will also be able to test and review you AR model and techniques.
Future Progression to Other Qualifications
Cambridge Technical in iMedia (Levels 2 and 3)
Cambridge Technical in Information Technology (Levels 2 and 3)
GCE A Level ICT
BTEC National Information Technology
Apprenticeship Framework (Level 2 and 3)
At University, typical modules in a Digital Technology degree may include:
Routes to Employment
The digital sector is a major source of employment in the UK, with 1.46 million people working in digital companies and around 45,000 digital jobs advertised at any one time. Digital skills span all industries; almost all jobs in the UK today require employees to have a good level of digital literacy. Aside from the digital skills gained on this course, studying Digital Technology enables students to develop many transferable skills such as research skills, communication skills, team-working, time management, critical thinking, project management and self-motivation, and these skills are sought after by employers from industries such as film, publishing, television, public relations, radio, design and computing.
Example potential careers:
Information Systems Manager
IT Sales Professional
IT Technical Support Officer