Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now part of the educational experience of learners in most parts of the world. Taught as either a discrete subject or embedded within the curriculum, ICT is regarded as a new ‘literacy’, alongside reading, writing and numeracy.
Cambridge ICT Starters is designed to introduce learners, within Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary 1, to the key ICT applications they need to acquire that literacy and to understand the impact of technology on our daily lives.
The syllabus provides a curriculum framework in which ICT competence can be developed. Modules can be delivered according to the needs of each learning situation and age of the learners – across the curriculum or as a separate course of study.
Students use ICT to communicate, handle information, model and control. They develop key ICT skills in a range of applications including: word processing, computer graphics, databases, spreadsheets, email, internet, presentations, video/animation and web authoring. Through Cambridge ICT Starters, students learn ICT practical skills; also they learn to consider wider issues such as adapting their work according to the audience and internet safety.
The qualification offers a structured scheme of assessment, operating at three levels:
At each level, a Cambridge ICT Starters Stage 1 or Full Certificate is available.
Cambridge ICT Starters has been mapped against prescribed ICT standards in a number of countries, so that the skills and knowledge assessed reflect the competencies demanded internationally.