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For students at Key Stage 1, Digi-Explorers not only introduces students to the key concepts of digital citizenship and online safety but also explores the basic knowledge required to write and test simple programs. The Digi-Explorers syllabus provides teachers with all the concepts, activities and resources to be able to deliver the new programming elements of the national curriculum with complete confidence.
For students at Key Stage 2, Digi-Navigators consolidates and extends students’ understanding of digital literacy and programming and, as the qualification’s title would suggest, students begin their ‘journeys into the unknown’ by setting goals and then using a range of software to design and test programs which achieve those objectives. Teachers are again provided with a fresh new syllabus containing level-appropriate activities specifically targeted to present and practice the application of logical reasoning in Computing.
For students at Key Stage 3, the Digi-Trailblazers syllabus provides teachers with all the concepts and resources necessary for their students to continue exploring and expanding their understanding of programming environments. For example, students are introduced to simple Boolean logic through fun code-breaking activities and will explore different programming languages, such as Python. As the qualification’s title would suggest, students will be able to use their knowledge of Computing and the digital world to increasingly creative effect and many activities can draw on and assist students in other areas of their curriculum.
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For students at Key Stage 4, the NCC Education Level 2 Award in Computing (VRQ) is mapped to the VRQ framework. The qualification has been specifically designed to provide schools and students with a qualification that enhances employability and the working capabilities of its graduates. This new qualification is regulated by Ofqual and accredited on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). With 60 GLH (Guided Learning Hours) (minimum) teachers have a realistic time frame to deliver the qualification.
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NCC Education continues to recognise that knowledge of our ever-changing technological world empowers learners and allows individuals to make unique contributions to the world we live in. We are committed to providing leading qualifications to UK and international learners.
Our innovative range of Digi-Qualifications allows schools and centres to demonstrate that their learners meet the English National Curriculum standard in Computing.
Key Features of the Qualifications:
- Syllabus sections: The relevant National Curriculum Learning Descriptors for each qualification are translated into a set of key topics. Each topic is then divided into one or more syllabus sections, which contain universal features (as described below), including a range of suggested warm-up activities and core activities to meet the topic learning outcomes.
- Key terminology: Each syllabus section contains a list of key terminology relating to the themes covered in that particular section. This will assist teachers in making decisions about the requirement to pre-teach or review particular words and phrases as a separate activity or whether they can be reviewed and taught in context.
- Warm-up activities: These are suggested activities which are intended to get students thinking about the concepts and skills which the topics will focus on. Warm-up activities are designed to provide teachers with ideas for fun, resource-light, activities which are relevant to the main learning focus but do not require students to ‘jump straight on their computers’.
- Core activities: Teachers can select the suggested activity or activities which best suit their teaching preferences, the wider curriculum areas and their own students’ learning styles or interests. The activities are designed to specifically meet the learning outcomes in each syllabus section.
- Cross-curricular links: Cross-curricular links are highlighted in each syllabus section. It is often a criticism that subjects can be taught in isolation, to the detriment of students. By providing both explicit and suggested cross-curricular links the intention is to demonstrate how the learning is or may be embedded within wider curriculum areas.
- Resources: Each suggested resource has been carefully selected and tested by professionals with a wealth of experience in computing education. The resources suggested are, overwhelmingly, freely available and all activities may be completed using freeware.
Benefits of Digi-Qualifications
- Qualifications are mapped to the new English National Computing Curriculum.
- Working with NCC Education which is a well-established provider of IT and Business Qualifications.
- Provides your centre with a full syllabus with all the concepts, activities and resources to be able to deliver the new programming elements of the national curriculum with complete confidence.
- Emphasis on Digital Citizenship to introduce and build learners core understanding of the online world and e-Safety.
- Formal assessments and certificates provide evidence of student performance and qualifies their understanding.
- 35 Guided Learning Hours means teachers have a realistic timeframe to deliver the qualification.
- Provides independent evidence to Ofsted that the school is continuing to measure performance standards
- Suitable for candidates at Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 as well as older (including adult) learners.
Digi-Qualifications are fun to learn and fun to teach with full syllabuses provided to teachers explaining all the concepts, activities and resources to be able to deliver the new programming elements of the National Computing Curriculum with complete confidence.