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Welcome to

Cambridge Nationals

The Next Generation of Vocational ICT Qualifications

BETT 2012

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Mark Dawe

OCR Chief Executive

cambridge nationals
Cambridge Nationals

Introducing:

The Next Generation of

Vocational Qualifications

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Cambridge Nationals
  • Vocational revolution: embracing a new challenge Post Wolf
  • Importance of a balanced curriculum in schools
  • Traditional GCSEs and subject-based learning do not suit all learners equally
  • Many learners motivated by practical, experiential approach to learning
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Cambridge Nationals

The new name for OCR Nationals

  • We have redeveloped the Nationals in response to Wolf, and in close collaboration with leading practitioners
  • Designed for 14 – 16 years olds, and to meet new DfE requirements
  • Cambridge Nationals available in five subjects:

ICT, Business, Health & Social Care, Science and Sport

  • The Cambridge Nationals suit a wide range of learning styles and abilities and offer experiential learning
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A new suite of vocational qualifications for post 16

  • Cambridge TECs available at Levels 2 & 3
  • Subjects:
    • IT, Business, Health & Social Care have been accredited
    • Art & Design, Media and Sport in development
  • Designed using units from the QCF
  • Features visiting moderation
  • Full launch March / April, first teaching September 2012
cambridge nationals briefing session agenda
Cambridge Nationals Briefing Session: Agenda

Overview of the changes

Simon Banks, OCR

Content Highlights

Creative Unit: Tony Stephens

Technical Unit: Chris Swan

Project Unit: Jane Strugnell

Short break

Case Study

Success with the Nationals at Brooke Weston Mark Willimott

Panel Discussion

Questions to our speaking panel

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Simon Banks

OCR Qualifications Group Manager, ICT

how has our review post wolf affected the nationals in ict
How has our review post Wolf affected the Nationals in ICT?

We have:

  • Introduced external assessment
  • Established qualifications at 60, 120 & 240 glh
  • Retained visiting moderator visits
  • Streamlined the number of units
  • Combined Levels 1 & 2
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How has our review post Wolf affected the Nationals in ICT?

We have:

  • Added a Distinction* to reward highest achievers
  • Reduced subjectivity of marking by providing clear markband descriptors and guidance on allocation of marks
  • Retained ‘best fit’ assessment principles

As a result, we have

  • Introduced compensation – you could fail an individual unit but still pass the overall qualification
within schools qualifications what makes the cambridge nationals distinctive
Within schools qualifications, what makes the Cambridge Nationals distinctive?
  • Strong vocational and career focus
  • Learning by doing – focus on practical, experiential learning – candidates feel direct relationship between what they study and a career to which they aspire
  • Full unit coverage - Units written with awareness of NOS and job role competencies, prescribing range of what must be demonstrated in the assessment
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Within schools qualifications, what makes the Cambridge Nationals distinctive?
  • Range of specialisms – allows candidates to explore areas of interest in detail
  • Enable learning and assessment to be customised easily
  • No restriction on resits
  • No linearisation, and no terminal rule.
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Creative Strand

Tony Stephens

Assistant Head Teacher, The Westwood Academy

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Tony Stephens

About me –

  • Teaching ICT for a number of years
  • Head of ICT in three schools
  • Presently Assistant Head teacher responsible for e-learning and ICT
three creative units
Three Creative Units
  • Creating an interactive product using multimedia components
  • Creating dynamic products using sound and vision
  • Creating digital images
benefits transferable skills
BenefitsTransferable Skills
  • The Design Process
  • Planning Methodologies
  • The Law and Legal Implications
  • File Saving, Exporting and Naming Conventions
  • Testing & reviewing
  • Gaining feedback and critical self evaluation
creating an interactive product using multimedia components
Creating an interactive product using multimedia components
  • Sourcing and storing Assets
  • Web Authoring
  • Game Making
  • App Development
  • Presentation software
  • Combining assets
  • Creating Navigation
  • Creating Interaction
  • Using Effects
creating dynamic products using sound and vision
Creating dynamic products using sound and vision
  • Asset Editing
    • Sound
    • Animation
    • Movie
  • Asset Enhancement
  • Combining Assets
creating digital images
Creating digital images

The camera never lies or does it…….

1917 we had the Cottingley Fairies

Today we have photo manipulation of models and scenes

What can today’s students do……where would they like to go that they have never been before!

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Benefits
  • Gives a wide scope of creation in terms of software and criteria
  • Can use freeware as well as commercial industrial standard software thus not restricting schools choice of units based on budget
  • Allows both students and teacher to be challenged (if they want to be!)
excited
Excited!!
  • That’s Me!!!!
  • Why? Because I can expand the areas that interest my pupils
    • App creation
    • Digital manipulation
    • Animation
    • Game creation
  • But I also become the pupil!
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Technical Strand

Christine Swan

Director of ICT and Enterprise

The Stourport High School and Sixth Form Centre

about shs
About SHS
  • 11-18 Academy and National Teaching School with over 1300 students
  • OCR Nationals in ICT delivered in Year 9 (First Award)
  • Year 10 and 11 students can opt to build up their qualification to National Certificate
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Introducing the new Nationals

  • Consultation revealed what teachers liked and did not like about the current qualification
  • Content has been updated to provide pathways made up of complementary modules
  • Emphasis is placed on current and future technologies
the new technical strand
The new technical strand
  • This strand gives learners an opportunity to get to grips with technical aspects of IT
  • The units provide “tasters” of programming, hardware and networks and control systems
  • Each unit provides opportunity for progression to further study but also may spark an interest as a possible career path
  • Links to Computing curriculum
the technical strand

The new technical strand

The Technical Strand
  • Consists of three modules:
    • Introduction to Computer Programming
    • Exploring Computer Hardware and Networks
    • Developing Control Systems
introduction to computer programming
Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Proprietary or Open Source products can be used e.g. Microsoft’s Small Basic, Visual Basic and Kodu Game Lab or Scratch, Alice
  • Straightforward programming constructs can be taught through problem-solving challenges
  • Extension ideas could be app and game programming (although some app development kits are expensive)
exploring computer hardware and networks
Exploring Computer Hardware and Networks
  • Bits and pieces can be collected to build “dead” computers (working with live systems can be costly and has safety implications)
  • Old, live computers can be used for operating system installation and configuration
  • Simple networks can be built using hubs, switches, cables or wireless access points
  • There will be problems which provide opportunities for troubleshooting
developing control systems
Developing Control Systems
  • Systems used at KS3 e.g. Flowol and Logo can be used to simulate control systems
  • Hardware systems e.g. Lego Mindstorms, Robosapien with XNA Development Studio or development boards with sensors and output devices
  • There is no requirement to build working hardware systems but this could provide a curricular link to a GCSE D&T programme
why i will be choosing the cambridge nationals in ict
Why I will be choosing the Cambridge Nationals in ICT
  • Wolf compliant qualification
  • Content is current, exciting and varied
  • A L1/2 qualification is suitable for a broad range of learners
  • Allows learners to develop in-demand, technical skills
  • Provides a great launch-pad for level 3 study
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Unit 11

Understanding Technology

A Project Approach

Jane Strugnell

Consultant Trainer & Assessor

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Jane Strugnell
  • Recently retired teacher and Curriculum Leader (Computing & IT) from Solihull Sixth Form College
  • Has taught GCE ICT, GNVQ ICT, AVCE ICT, Key skills ICT, Functional skills ICT, BTEC ICT, Advanced ICT Diploma & Extended Project Qualification
  • Unit writer for two units for the Cambridge Nationals qualification
  • Currently a Senior Examiner and Moderator for two awarding bodies
  • Currently delivers CPD courses on A level IT specifications at schools & colleges
student initiated individual project
Student initiated individual project
  • Opportunity
  • Choice
  • Breadth
  • Depth
  • Transferable skills
  • Inspire
  • Motivate
project ideas
Project Ideas

Creative

  • Web site design for a specific user
  • Complex animation for school intranet
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Project Ideas

Technical (Hardware)

  • What is the best way to network 3 PC’s and a printer for a typical family?
  • How does the School IT Network work?
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Project Ideas

Hypothesis

  • Most of the features of the latest mobile phones are never used
  • Use of social networking sites such as Facebook is damaging young people’s ability to communicate effectively.
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Project Ideas

Analytical

  • What are the benefits of a Smartphone compared to a standard mobile phone?
  • How has Computer Technology changed the Art of Film Making?
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Project Ideas

Knowledge

  • Artificial Intelligence – what progress has been made?
  • Careers in IT – what skills are needed to be a Network Manager?
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Project Ideas

Software Development

  • Development of a computer program to calculate exam grades
  • Development of a database – a loan system for a school department
process v outcome
Process v Outcome
  • Process of completing the project is important
  • Outcome of the project itself is not marked
  • The learning gained as a result of carrying out the project is important
  • There is freedom for the learner to choose the way they present their Project log & Project outcome
what teaching is required
What teaching is required?
  • How to choose a Project topic ,set objectives, identify success criteria & techniques to create project plans
  • How to conduct research for their Project
  • How to record and monitor the progress of their Project
  • How to review their Project
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Short Break

Please explore Project further

Find out about brand new support materials from Hodder

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Brooke Weston Academy

Our experience of ICT Nationals

Mark Willimott

ofsted january 2011
OfSTED January 2011

“Excellent workplace and other skills that contribute to the students’ future economic well-being are delivered through the academy’s outstanding curriculum which puts innovation and enterprise into the heart of the provision”

“The excellent, broad and balanced curriculum meets the wide range of students’ needs and aspirations”

brooke weston s track record
Brooke Weston’s Track Record
  • Long tradition of delivering KS4 and Post-16 applied courses
  • 2004+ 100% 5 A* - C (including equivalencies)
  • 2011 84% EM +3 (including equivalencies)
          • 84% EM +3 (GCSE only)
  • Sharing expertise with 250+ schools across UK – curriculum materials, support, training, consultancy
our ks4 curriculum
Our KS4 Curriculum
  • KS4 offering:
        • Traditional GCSE courses (27) with additional time in maths and English
        • Fast track opportunities and personalisation
        • Applied courses (ICT, science, art and design)
        • Construction option (off-site)
        • IMI Motor Vehicle (off-site)
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ICT Nationals @ BW
  • Transferable skills
  • Relevant skills
  • GCSE/A Level equivalence
  • Modular, staged courses
  • Challenge for all learners
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ICT Nationals @ BW
  • Creativity
  • Engaging and motivating
  • Playing to their strengths
  • Hands-on approach
  • Develops independence
forms of evidence
Forms of Evidence
  • Outcomes of activities/tasks e.g. printouts
  • Video/Audio
  • Electronic file
  • Statements from witnesses
  • Observation
  • Personal statement by candidate
  • ePortfolio
new qualification
New Qualification
  • Unit R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia components
  • Website or multimedia product (adapting our assignments from current Unit 2 and 4)
  • Currently most popular units with our students in current qualification
link to r006 creating digital images
Link to R006 – Creating digital images
  • LO2 – be able to create digital images
  • Link to R007 – Creating dynamic products using sound and vision
  • LO2 – be able to create dynamic products
our plans for the new specification
Our plans for the new Specification
  • Year 1 – deliver 120 GLH qualification
    • ROO1 and R002
    • ROO5 – Interactive Product
    • ROO6 – Digital Images
  • Year 2+ – deliver 240 GLH qualification
    • ROO1 and ROO2
    • R005 and R006
    • R003 (spreadsheets) and R004 (databases)
    • R007 (sound and vision)
    • R011 (project)
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Thank you

To find out more please visit

www.cambridgenationals.org.uk

Draft ICT Specification now online

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