Course Details

Qualification : General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board : OCR
Category : CAM Nationals Levels 1 and 2

What Will I Learn?

Cambridge National Certificate in ICT

This qualification is aimed at those studying in preparation for employment in the Information and Communication Technology sector particularly in job roles where they will be expected to use ICT skills, liaise with users and carry out ICT support roles. The OCR Cambridge Nationals are vocationally

related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment.

They’re industry relevant, geared to key sector requirements and very popular with schools and colleges because they suit such a broad range of learning styles and abilities. This qualification is also suitable for those wishing to gain a Level 2 qualification to support further study in FE

How Will I Be Assessed?

The course is assessed using teacher assessment which is then moderated by the examination board for 2 units.  A unit which is set by the examination board and a final 1 hour examination.

Is There Anything Else I Need To Know?

The course is a 2 tier entry which will lead to a GCSE equivalent grade A*-F.


To achieve this qualification you will study 4 different units of work.


R001 – Understanding computer systems – this is a compulsory unit which is delivered in 30 guided learning hours.  R001 will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the systems they use both at home and at school and will explore how these same technologies are used by business organisations.  This unit of study is assessed through a 1 hour examination.


R002 Using ICT to create business solutions – this is also a compulsory unit set by the examination board.  In unit R001 learners will study the computer system on which applications software sits and consider the implications of working with data to create content, while in this unit they will work with ‘office’ applications software to edit and format/create content to meet specified business purposes. Learners will use a wide range of applications that are commonly used in the workplace, schools, and in further and higher education. They will learn how to select the most appropriate software to complete tasks to meet specified business requirements in a variety of contexts.  It is delivered in 20 guided learning hours and then 10 hours to complete a set of tasks from the examination board.  This work is then externally moderated.


R005 – Creating an interactive product using multimedia components – R005 will enable learners to demonstrate their creative fl air by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating www, webpage, or interactive product. This unit is delivered in 20 guided learning hours and a 10 hour task set by the school.  This is internally assessed and then externally moderated.


R006 - Creating digital images – R006 will enable learners to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills to enable them to create, edit, enhance and save different types of digital images. This unit is delivered in 20 guided learning hours and a 10 hour task set by the school.  This is internally assessed and then externally moderated.


Pupils who opt to do this course should be aware that the coursework element forms the majority of marks and is very demanding. Failure to complete it adequately will adversely affect the pupil’s chances of achieving a good grade. Pupils who can work steadily, meet regular deadlines and are prepared to continually refine work will do well on this course.

Extra Information

Pupils who struggle to complete this course in full can drop to Cambridge National Award in ICT where only units R001 and R002 are required.

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