Edexcel CiDA

We are currently teaching the Edexcel CiDA course as a Year 9 three year option, and a year 10/11 two year option.

The year 9 course will begin with skills building units on Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver and will conclude with a mini project before starting the CIDA coursework at the end of year 9.

Feel free to use any of these resources, but please send me a quick comment if you do so. Any feedback or suggestions are appreciated!

The following resources are being used with the Year 9 3 year option.

Click here for the Year 10 Mini Project.

Adobe Dreamweaver

The Dreamweaver SOL follows on from Illustrator and Photoshop. Students have already studied web design in Year 8 therefore the purpose of this scheme is to recap Dreamweaver skills while covering the purpose of an e-portfolio.


Lesson Resources

Adobe Illustrator

The Illustrator SOL has 1 final assessment point, and covers the basic features of the software. Based around previous CiDA/DiDA SPB’s i can envisage it being used for logos, nets and 3D drawings therefore have covered these points.

Please note: the leveling system that has been used is only loosely based around NC levels, and is there as guidance only. 


Lesson Resources

Year 8 Lessons

We teach skills building tools on Illustrator in Year 7 and 8. These are the basic tools that we teach during Year 8

Year 9 Lessons

Adobe Photoshop

The Photoshop SOL has 2 assessment points and covers all main elements of the software including editing photographs, content aware tools, cutouts and editing colour. Students create magazine compositions and turn photographs into zombies.

Please note: the leveling system that has been used is only loosely based around NC levels, and is there as guidance only. 

Assessment and SOL

Lesson Resources

  1. Intro to Layers
  2. Adjusting colour – Andy Warhol Style
  3. Photoadjustments
  4. Mid Assessment
    1. Assessment task sheet and marking grid
    2. Assessment Diary
  5. Puppet Warp
  6. Zombie Assessment

Link to all student resources here



2 Responses to Edexcel CiDA

  1. Debra Ripper says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your resources. I am struggling to open the puppet warp and Zombie assessments. I wonder if you can check the link. Thanks again.

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