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Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia

Computer Science KS3 Curriculum

Year 7

Content / Topics

  1. Introduction – Network & Passwords.
  2. Searching for Information – Searching the web.
  3. E-Safety – Cyber Bullying.
  4. Computer Systems – Input, Output & Storage devices.
  5. Graphics – Adobe Fireworks
  6. Modelling – Microsoft Excel
  7. Logic & Sequencing - Animation
  8. Game Design – Scratch

Skills Taught

  • Microsoft office skills, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher & Excel.
  • Fundamentals of how a computer works and the components used to build a pc.
  • Graphic design of logos, posters, adding filter effects, layering and editing images.
  • Modelling and calculating spreadsheet functions.
  • Visual programming and sequencing of instructions.
  • Game creation using logic and order of block instructions.

Year 8

Content / Topics

  1. Introduction – File Management
  2. Control Systems - Flowol
  3. Game Design – GameMaker Studio
  4. Computer Crime & Cyber Security
  5. Animation – Adobe Flash
  6. Modelling & 3D Design – Google SketchUp
  7. Programming - Python

Skills Taught

  • Design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems.
  • Game making using visual scripting and combining elements for a multi-player/multi-level game.
  • Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.
  • Creative development using animation and 3d design or a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
  • Textual programming to solve a variety of computational problems and analyse problems in computational terms, as well as have the repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.


Exam Board : Edexcel

If you require any further information regarding CiDA please see Ms Ahmed

This Level 2 Edexcel Certificate in Digital Applications is an exciting course equivalent to one GCSE.

The Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) option compliments and extends the work that students will complete in their Core Computing lessons.

Through studying this course students will be able to develop the depth and breadth of their Computing skills and knowledge. Students will study a range of industry-relevant units based on how ICT might be used in the workplace.

The course includes two mandatory units which have been developed at level 2 for creative learners with a passion for digital content.

The course teaches young people how to express their creativity in an informed and responsible way and encourage them to reflect on what they produce and strive for excellence.

It gives young people the skills they need to support future learning and to exploit the creative and commercial employment opportunities on offer in the digital world in which they are growing up.

The new Certificate in Digital Applications includes an external assessment which comprises 25% of the total assessment for the qualification. The external assessment takes the form of a practical, computer-based task.

Learners must complete one mandatory unit plus one optional unit.

Externally assessed unit:

  • Unit 1: Developing Web Products (Mandatory), a two and a half hour practical examination.

Candidates are expected to use web authoring and other software tools to build and test a web -based product (25%).

Plus one of the following units (75%):

  • Unit 2: Creative Multimedia
  • Unit 3: Artwork and Imaging

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Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia

Exam Board : OCR

If you require any further information regarding Creative iMedia please see Miss Ahmed.

This OCR Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia Level 1 & 2 is an exciting course equivalent to one GCSE.

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

This qualification will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector.

The range of units available in this course has allowed the school to select those which provide students with a range of different learning opportunities and allow them to develop a diverse set of skills. Students will be challenged to work independently to create solutions for a range of scenarios.

Creative iMedia is assessed through four separate units of work, which includes one examination and three units of coursework. Each of the four units of work will account for 25% of the overall final grade.

  • Unit R081 Written paper (1 hour & 15 minutes) – Pre-production skills 25% of mark
  • Unit R082 Non-examined – Creating digital graphics 25% of mark
  • Two other Non-examined units at 25% each of mark

Key Websites

Career opportunities in ICT include: Cartographer; Database Administrator; Gaming Developer; E-Learning Developer; Technical Author; Software Developer; Systems Analyst; IT Project Manager; IT Trainer; ICT Teacher; Network Manager.