National Certificate in ICT
“Over the last 20 years, the proportion of people using IT in their job has nearly doubled to 77%, with an estimated 22m people using technology at work. For the remaining 6m people in the workforce, these skills may not be critical for their employer but they remain important life skills.”
Independent Review of ICT User Skills (Baroness Estelle Morris), 2009
The OCR Nationals courses are made up of a range of skills-based units of work, which cover different software and scenarios. Students build up various portfolios, which evidence their practical skills in these different areas, and they form the assessment for the course. This option is therefore perfect for students who are keen to develop their ICT skills in a wide variety of different areas. Units include such areas as Business Communications, Imaging, Spreadsheets, Animation and Web Authoring.
This course has been developed to address and deliver the ICT skills needed by employers in the workplace – as a result the OCR Nationals Certificate is seen as a vocational qualification and would particularly support any student who might not necessarily be considering going to university. The course does, however, carry UCAS points for those who do apply to Higher Education after the Sixth Form.