Creative ICT

Course Content


ICT plays an important part in many areas of our everyday lives and is also an important part of the UK economy. There is a demand from employers for an increasingly skilled and technically literate workforce as more and more media products are produced digitally. CIDA provide students with specific and transferable skills and a solid foundation in understanding and applying this subject, whether it is in employment or higher education.



Unit 1: Developing Web Products Level: 2 Guided Learning Hours: 30

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? Don’t be fooled by technical wizardry. It may have spectacular images, eye-catching animation or attention grabbing text, but what makes it effective is the way the components work together. 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. You will demonstrate your ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by Pearson.

25% of the qualification



Unit 2: Creative Multimedia Level: 2 Guided Learning Hours: 90

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. You will investigate a range of existing multimedia products to find out how different components are used to convey a particular message. You will discover that you like some of these products more than others and you will need to consider why this is the case. Once you have a good understanding of the possibilities offered by multimedia, you will learn how to design multimedia products of your own. This will involve detailed designs setting out exactly how you want each screen to look, the components you need and how the user will interact with the product. In some cases, you will be able to use existing components but you will also need to know how to create new components yourself, such as recording a sound or taking a photograph. Finally, you will learn how to combine all the components you have collected into a multimedia product and how to test it thoroughly, making any necessary changes as a result of feedback. You will demonstrate your ability to plan, design, build and test interactive multimedia products through your work on a major project set by Edexcel. This will include the development of an e-portfolio that exhibits your achievements and is in itself an effective multimedia product.


75% of the qualification


Future Opportunities

CIDA is a media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart. They provide knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning. Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.


Further Information

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. CIDA reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives. Three themes are covered: business information systems, creative and technical