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After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw Cambridge ICT Starters. The last entry submission date for all modules will be 25 February 2024 for results release on 30 April 2024. We cannot accept entries after 25 February 2024.
We have replaced Cambridge ICT Starters with our Computing and Digital Literacy curricula, which are already available to registered Cambridge schools. We communicated this change to schools in June 2022. You can read the communication here.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now part of the educational experience worldwide and regarded as a new ‘literacy’ alongside reading, writing and numeracy.
Cambridge ICT Starters is a series of modules which assess candidates on their ability to use a range of computer software to communicate, handle information, model and program solutions. It is suitable for candidates of any age and is typically used for learners aged 5 to 14 years.
It can be assessed in English or Spanish.
Cambridge ICT Starters gives schools a flexible framework to develop learners’ ICT competence. 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.
Learners will develop key ICT skills in a range of applications including computer programming, word processing, digital graphics, databases, spreadsheets, email, presentations, video/animation, the internet and web authoring. They will also consider wider issues such as eSafety and the adaption of their work to suit their audience.
The following versions of the syllabus should be used:
Cambridge ICT Starters English Syllabus 2019 (PDF, 541KB)
Cambridge ICT Starters Spanish Syllabus 2019 (PDF, 597KB)
Cambridge ICT Starters is assessed in the classroom through a structured scheme of assessment, operating at three levels:
Each level is made up of two stages and certificates are available on successful completion of each stage.
Each module of the syllabus contains the Assessment Criteria, which must be met to achieve a Pass or Merit, and an Example Assessment Activity. You are free to design your own assessment activities related to the school curriculum you are delivering.
We offer a range of support to help Cambridge ICT Starters teachers plan and deliver the qualification. If you are approved to offer Cambridge ICT Starters you can access the support from our password protected sites.
Schools Support Hub
Cambridge International Direct
For further information view the frequently asked questions (PDF, 244KB).
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