Digi Award – Key Stage 4

The NCC Education Level 2 Award in Computing (RQF):

  • is suitable for candidates at Key Stage 4 of the English national curriculum (ages 14–16) as well as older (including adult) learners
  • builds on students’ understanding of programming, computational thinking and data manipulation while also allowing them further opportunities to explore Internet safety, collaboration and communication software, accessibility issues and the integral components of a modern computer system
  • prepares candidates to be the next generation of digital innovators – the NCC Education Level 2 Award in Computing prepares students for further study in the areas of Computing and Programming – for example the NCC Education Level 3 Diploma in Computing (RQF) – and also greatly improves their understanding of fundamental computing concepts
  • provides teachers with a fresh and innovative syllabus containing all the concepts, activities and resources to be able to deliver with confidence the new programming elements of the English national curriculum
  • is a regulated qualification, placed in the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework at Level 2
  • is quality assured by a UK awarding body with considerable expertise in providing high‑quality IT/Computing qualifications and teaching programmes
  • sits within NCC Education’s well-established suite of IT and Business qualifications, which are recognised and valued by employers and universities worldwide
  • has a number of key syllabus features designed by UK teaching specialists to aid effective candidate preparation: key terminology, warm-up activities, core activities, model answers, teacher guidance, resources.

The NCC Education Level 2 Award in Computing syllabus and assessment is suitable for candidates aged 14–16 (at Key Stage 4 of the English national curriculum) as well as older (including adult) learners.

It is expected that candidates who are non-native English speakers are able to cope with the demands of preparing for and taking the NCC Education Level 2 Award in Computing assessment in English.

The NCC Education Level 2 Award in Computing comprises one unit, Fundamentals of Computing and Digital Literacy which contains the following topics, syllabus sections and learning outcomes. Syllabus topics may be covered in any order (as best suits the requirements of the candidates, their wider curriculum and the controlled assessment task selected).

Topic Syllabus Section Learning Outcomes
Developing Problem Solving Skills

  • Analysing and Solving Problems
  • Identification of Heuristics for Solving Puzzles
  • Use principles of computational thinking to solve problems

Developing Computer Program Design Techniques

  • Understanding and Evaluating Algorithms
  • Developing Algorithms
  • Developing Generalisable Algorithms
  • Be able to develop, test and debug program code

Developing Computer Programs

  • Sequence and Data Types
  • Iteration
  • Selection Data
  • Structures
  • Modular Programming
  • Be able to develop, test and debug program code

Testing Computer Programs

  • Debugging
  • Unit Testing
  • Using Computers Safely and Securely
  • Be able to develop, test and debug program code

Safety and Security Online

  • Using Computers Safely and Securely
  • Protecting Your Online Presence
  • The CPU
  • Know how to minimise risk to privacy and security when using the Internet
Computer Systems
  • The CPU
  • Computer System Components
  • Understand the components of a computer system and its input devices
Types of Programming Language
  • Interpreters and Compilers
  • Programming in Assembler
  • Be able to develop, test and debug program code
Searching and Sorting
  • Searching
  • Sorting
  • Be able to structure, manipulate and represent data
Computer Logic and Number Representation
  • Boolean Logic Truth Table
  • Minimising Boolean Expression Using K-Maps
  • Binary and Hexadecimal Numbers
  • Be able to structure, manipulate and represent data
Computer Hardware
  • Input Devices
  • Accessibility
  • Understand the components of a computer system and its input devices
Online Collaboration Software
  • Wikis
  • Collaborative Software
  • Be able to collaborate and communicate online

 

Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing Uses
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Know how to minimise risk to privacy and security when using the Internet

 

Assessment for the qualification is intended to allow candidates to demonstrate that they have met the relevant Learning Outcomes. NCC Education’s assessment is appropriate to the assessment criteria as stated in this specification and is regularly reviewed to ensure it remains consistent with the specification. The qualification is assessed through Examination (Part One) and Controlled Assignment (Part Two).

Examination (Part 1)

The examination is a time-constrained assessment that will take place on a specified date at an NCC Education Approved Centre.

The examination (70% of the overall mark) comprises two theoretical and one practical component. The theoretical and practical components of the examination can be delivered independently to enable more flexible delivery (for ease of timetabling) and to provide candidates with the opportunity to engage with the examination in two shorter sessions, to aid their concentration. The examination comprises multiple-choice questions (Part A, theoretical), a number of more specialised multi-part questions (Part B, theoretical) and one or more ‘at computer’ tasks (Part C, practical).

The examination mark is calculated by combining marks awarded to candidates in the theoretical and practical components of the examination. In the examination half of the marks are awarded for the theoretical components and half of the marks are awarded for the practical component.

View a Sample Assessment here.

View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

Controlled Assignment (Part 2)

The controlled assignment (30% of the overall mark) is a single practical task which candidates will complete and submit individually. Candidates will complete the task during supervised (classroom) time as defined by NCC Education.

The Examination and Controlled Assignment will allow candidates to demonstrate they have met the qualification’s Learning Outcomes – in other words, evidence that they can successfully demonstrate their knowledge and comprehension of the subject matter.