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 CiDA – Certificate in Digital Applications

The new revised Certificate in Digital Applications are designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative media production and to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to design and make effective digital products. 

They teach 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.  They give 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. 

CiDA students should be able to think for themselves and work independently during extended periods of time. This is a challenging but rewarding course which focuses on actually using computer applications. 

The course is designed to:

· Develop students’ ability to select and use digital applications appropriately and produce high quality outcomes.

· Promote the use of digital applications for achieving a goal, rather than for their own sake.

· Enhance creativity and communication.

· Equip students with some of the skills that they will need in the workplace or in further education or training.

· Free students’ work from paper, making it organised, searchable, dynamic and transportable.

· Encourage students to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of digital application.


Unit 1: Developing Web Products:

When your attention is captured by a web page advertising a competition, promoting an event or launching a new product, what makes you stop and look?  This unit aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features.  

Unit 2: Creative Multimedia:

Digital tools can be used to communicate information using any combination of text, images, sound, video and interactive components such as buttons and hyperlinks.  Products that use these different components at the same time, such as websites, presentations and games, are multimedia. This unit aims to give you the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by multimedia authoring software to design and create effective multimedia products for specified purposes and audiences.


Unit 1 – computer-based tasks (25% external assessment)

Unit 2 – summative project (75% coursework) 

Examination Board: Edexcel Syllabus Code: Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications 600/6627/1) 


GCSE Computer Science

Computer Science is a part of the English Baccalaureate recognising the high standards of intellectual depth and practical value of this qualification. This course enables students to learn computer science and programming skills which high-tech industries need. Many high-tech companies originate as small start-ups founded by Computer Scientists e.g. Facebook, Google and Apple. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is one of the most innovative and successful champions of Computer Science today.


What’s the difference between ICT and Computer Science?

Consider a car.  You can learn to drive it and it will make life easier.  You can get from A to B quicker and get on with the other things you want to do.  ICT is just that, it develops a skill set so you can “drive” your computer.  You don’t care how it works as long as it helps you write a report or do the accounts.  However, some people want to know how it works.  They want to get under the bonnet and understand the basic principles.  They might design better cars and invent new technologies for greener engines etc.  This is the equivalent to studying Computer Science. 


Why Choose GCSE Computer Science?

The course will give students an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, students will investigate computer programming, which students find very enjoyable. The course will help students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills.


Looking to the future:

The demand for high-level technology skills is growing. This means there will be a bigger demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. This course provides an excellent route onto Hagley’s A-level Computer Science course. If students want to go on to higher education and employment in the field of Computer Science, they will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone.


Unit 1 Computer systems– Examination (50%):

Students will learn about the hardware involved in making the computer work, the functions of operating system software, binary and hexadecimal number systems, communications and networking, algorithms and programming languages.


Unit 2 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – Examination (50%):

Students will carry out a practical investigation into a computing issue and explore computer science in the real world. This may involve working with a Raspberry Pi or developing an app for a mobile phone using MIT’s App Inventor software.


Unit 3 Programming project – Non-Examined Assessment

Students will create solutions to a stated problem which will involve coding in a programming language. The programming language we currently use is Python.


Examination Board: OCR Syllabus Code: J276



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