OCR Cambridge National Certificate in ICT-KS4


Course summary

What does the qualification aim to achieve?

How is the course assessed?

What units will you study?

OCR Cambridge National Certificate in ICT 2017 onwards

Students are able to choose ICT as an option subject in Year 10 and 11, following the Cambridge National Certificate qualification at Level 1/2.

Course Summary

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives. This new Cambridge Nationals in ICT reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives. Two main themes are covered: business information systems and creative.

ICT skills are essential for success in employment and higher education, and are among the fundamental transferable skills required by employers. Cambridge Nationals deliver these skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.

This qualification specifically aims to:

  • Assess the application of ICT skills through their practical use.
  • Provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being.
  • Equip learners with sound ICT skills for everyday use and provide opportunities to develop in context those desirable, transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others or communicating technical concepts effectively.
  • Challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encouraging independence and creativity; providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum (including data handling, modelling and programming).


The Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT consists of one externally-examined paper and three non-examined assessment components, two of which are optional units.

Assessment Breakdown

Following the J810 Certificate (120 GLH) qualification, students will study two mandatory units one of which is an hour long examination-R001 and one is a 10 hour coursework task-R002.

Students will then study two further optional units from R003 – R007.


The units you will study:

R001: Understanding Computer Systems

Learners will have gained the knowledge and understanding to use computers more effectively in a variety of different contexts including home, school and the workplace. Their regard for their own personal data security and for the security of the data of others will be increased and, overall, learners will be more informed users of computers making them more effective participators in business and social life.

Specifically this unit includes:

  1. Understanding how ICT can be used to meet business needs
  2. Knowing how to work with information and data to meet specified business needs
  3. Knowing how ICT can be used to support business working practices
  4. Understanding how legal, ethical, safety and security issues affect how computers should be used

R002: Using ICT to Create Business Solutions

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.

Specifically this unit includes:

  1. Being able to use techniques to search for, store and share information
  2. Being able to select and use software to handle data
  3. Being able to select and use software to communicate information for a business purpose
  4. Being able to use software tools to format information

R004: Handling Data Using Databases

Database software is one of the most important IT applications programs used by organisations in the 21st Century. Databases are used to store and organise data so that it is easy to find the data again when an organisation or individual wants to do something with the data. For example, a website that sells goods is likely to have a database behind it to store details of all the products the business sells and the account details of its customers. A computer game has a database to store all the options selected and to store the results of each game played, so users can compare their progress. A school keeps a database of contact details and exam results of its current pupils.

Learners will be able to modify an existing database and produce a relational database. They will also be able to create queries to interrogate a database and find specific records and produce reports based on the results of these queries and create a user interface for the database.

Specifically this unit includes:

  1. Be able to modify databases to meet user requirements
  2. Be able to produce outputs from databases to meet user requirements
  3. Be able to create user interfaces for databases to meet user requirements
  4. Be able to analyse a databases suitability for a business purpose

R005: Creating an Interactive Product Using Multimedia Components

This unit will enable learners to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating www, webpage, or interactive product. On completion of this unit learners will be able to show how the interactive product meets both the user needs and extends their capability within the use of applications software such as website development.

Specifically this unit includes:

  1. Be able to design interactive products
  2. Be able to create interactive products containing multimedia components
  3. Be able to carry out usability testing

For more information on this qualification please see the OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT Specification: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/82572-specification.pdf


For further subject information please contact Miss Sarah Harris – Head of IT and Computer Science (sarah.harris@thepolesworthschool.com).