Year 10

IT Cambridge National in Information Technologies

What will I study?

IT Cambridge National in Information Technologies has been developed to give students a real understanding of their digital environment, develop key skills, and prepare them for their future use of IT in their chosen careers across a wide range of job roles.

The course uses real life examples from smart watches and music apps to cybersecurity and fake news, students will be taken on a journey of discovery on how information technologies are applied, and revealing the extent to which digital footprints impact their everyday lives.

Studying ICT will enable you to:

This qualification will teach the learner what different technologies could be used, why they should use them and how to make best use of them, to gather, store, manipulate and present data; this is known as data management. They will learn about tools and techniques for use in different digital hardware and software technologies, and how these can be integrated to create digital solutions to manage and communicate data and information. They will also be taught what data and information are and the legal, ethical and moral considerations when using technology to gather, store and present data and information, and how to mitigate the risks of cyber-attacks. Through this qualification they will be able to select and use the most appropriate technology safely and effectively, to complete a data management task, such as a cable TV provider monitoring customers’ viewing to make recommendations for additional packages in the customer’s subscription.

They will also learn to follow a project life cycle of initiation, planning, execution and evaluation to complete a data management task and use their skills, knowledge and understanding of technology to complete each of the phases of the project life cycle.

What can this course lead to?

The skills, knowledge and understanding they will develop through this qualification are very relevant to both work and further study. They will support them in a range of subject areas such as A Levels in Business or Geography, or Cambridge Technicals in IT. They can also support their progression into employment through Apprenticeships in areas such as Digital Marketer or Business Administrator.

How will this course be assessed?

Unit R012 is assessed by examination and accounts for 50% of the overall award

Students will sit an exam to assess your knowledge and understanding of different technologies (hardware and software applications), and tools and techniques used to select, store, manipulate and present data and information. Students will also be assessed on what the phases of the project life cycle are, the interaction between the phases and the inputs and outputs within each phase. Using this understanding of the project life cycle, together with the knowledge of various information technologies, students will be prepared to develop technological solutions.

Students will need to understand the different risks associated with the collection, storage and use of data and how the legal, moral, ethical and security issues can have an impact on organisations and individuals. You also need to understand how such risks can be mitigated.

Year 11

TLM Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills in Open Systems and Enterprise (ITQ)

Course details

The TLM Level 2 Certificate for IT User Skills in Open Systems and Enterprise (INGOTS ITQ) is a GCSE-equivalent award. The coursework is Pass or Fail, with students sitting an exam to determine their final grade. ITQ is an ideal qualification to improve job performance, find a new job or learn how to use today’s technology more efficiently. It consists of a cluster of units covering subjects such as Word Processing, Presentations and Spread sheets. This programme will be suitable for you if you have completed the ITQ Level 1, ECDL or who are currently working and using IT to a good standard.

What will I study?

A range of ITQ units will be studied using the Microsoft Office suite for example;


  • Word Processing – how to format documents, mail merge, integrated reports
  • Presentations – creating a presentation, using master slides, creating organisation charts
  • Spread sheets – Linking spread sheets, using absolute cells, a variety of functions and combined graphs/charts.

What can this course lead to?

Successfully achieving certification in ITQ can open the door to a whole range of employment and career progression opportunities. The course is also suitable for progression onto an IT level 3 programme.

How will this course be assessed?

Coursework assessment accounts for 30% of the overall award, students are assessed in the following units;


Unit 1 Improving productivity

Unit 4 IT Security for users

Unit 5 Spread sheet software

Unit 7 Word processing

Unit 10 Presentation software


The examination accounts for 70% of the overall award, students are assessed in the following areas;

  • Audience and Accessibility
  • Collaborative Working
  • The purpose and Advantage of IT Applications
  • eMail Software
  • Security and safety when working online
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the presentation of information
  • Handling and interpreting information in IT contexts
  • Copyright licensing and patent issues
  • The Flow of Information Costs of IT solutions
  • Project Management and target setting
  • Choosing the Right Tool for the Job