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CERTIFICATE IN OPEN SYSTEMS COMPUTING

"We believe these new and innovative qualifications provide the most inclusive and cost-effective qualifications available for the new Computing curriculum emphasis while preserving the necessary rigour for stretching the highest attaining candidates. In addition, there is a clear intention to reduce the bureaucratic overhead on teachers while preserving the benefits of coursework for motivating learners and dealing validly with recognition of practical competence in what are essentially practical and vocational skills and activities. We have demonstrated that we can provide Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications that are accessible to all learners while still differentiating the top performing students. This enables a clear progression route for the weakest mainstream learners through to identifying those that are likely to be successful in academic A levels."

LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATE

Examined course

The qualifications enable coverage of a wide range of general knowledge, understanding and competences. At Level 1 these will support all by leaving progression routes open to Level 2 that will benefit any young person aspiring to progress into the professional IT sector.

"... it’s so nice to work with an awarding body who are so organised". - Nick Sherwood, Woodlands School

Total Credits required to achieve the qualification - 15
Mandatory Units: 

  • UNIT 1 - Computer Science (5 CREDITS)
  • UNIT 2 - Using digital applications to support projects (5 CREDIT)
  • UNIT 3 - Computer hardware systems and networks (5 CREDITS)

NUMBER

601/1110/0

 LEVEL

Level 1

TOTAL CREDITS

15

GLH

120

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Coursework, E-assessment, Multiple Choice Examination, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment

OPERATIONAL DATE

01-Sep-2013

FUNDED

YES

GRADING SCALE

P/M/D/D*

SPECIFICATION:
The qualification at Level 1 has two assessment components both of which cover the full content of the qualifications.

  1. Coursework assessed in terms of competence in practical areas where knowledge and understanding can be applied in real and motivating contexts.
  2. An externally set and externally marked examination to assess knowledge and understanding that underpins user competence.

L1 consists of 3 units. Units have credit values in the qualifications and credit framework (QCF). A minimum of 15 credits is needed for L1 (5 credits for each of the 3 Units), equating to 120 guided learning hours.
Level 1 candidates will be deemed to have achieved a pass when units to a minimum value of 15 credits have been assessed so that there is evidence of secure performance against the assessment criteria and therefore competence against the specified learning outcomes. They are then eligible to take the examination. The examination is worth 50 marks. Candidates will achieve a merit grade if they score 25 marks or more, a distinction if they gain 35 marks or more and distinction* if they gain 45 marks or more. Candidates will be provided with their marks as well as their grade. Candidates can take this examination when their assessors judge that they are ready and when they have completed the coursework to a level 1 standard.

Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates in Open Systems Computing - Handbook

LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE

Examined course

The qualifications enable coverage of a wide range of general knowledge, understanding and competences. At Level 1 these will support all by leaving progression routes open to Level 2 that will benefit any young person aspiring to progress into the professional IT sector.

"... it’s so nice to work with an awarding body who are so organised". - Nick Sherwood, Woodlands School

Total Credits required to achieve the qualification - 15
Mandatory Units: 

  • UNIT 1 - Computer Science (5 CREDITS)
  • UNIT 2 - Using digital applications to support projects (5 CREDIT)
  • UNIT 3 - Computer hardware systems and networks (5 CREDITS)

NUMBER

601/1111/2

 LEVEL

Level 2

TOTAL CREDITS

15

GLH

120

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Coursework, E-assessment, Multiple Choice Examination, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment, Written Examination

OPERATIONAL DATE

01-Sep-2013

FUNDED

YES

GRADING SCALE

A*/A/B/C

SPECIFICATION:

The qualification at Level 2 has two assessment components both of which cover the full content of the qualifications.

  1. Coursework assessed in terms of competence in practical areas where knowledge and understanding can be applied in real and motivating contexts.
  2. An externally set and externally marked examination to assess knowledge and understanding that underpins user competence.

Level 2 consists of 3 units. Units have credit values in the qualifications and credit framework (QCF). A minimum of 15 credits is needed for L2 (5 credits for each of the 3 Units), equating to 120 guided learning hours.
Level 2 candidates will be deemed to have achieved a pass when units to a minimum value of 15 credits have been assessed so that there is evidence of secure performance against the assessment criteria and therefore competence against the specified learning outcomes. They are then eligible to take the examination.
They are then eligible to take the the examination which provides a further potential 70 marks. If the candidate achieves a total score of 50 marks from the coursework and the examination they will be awarded a grade C. For 60 marks or more a grade B, for 70 marks or more a grade A and for 80 marks or more a grade A*.

Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates in Open Systems Computing - Handbook

LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA

Examined course

The qualifications enable coverage of a wide range of general knowledge, understanding and competences. At Level 1 these will support all by leaving progression routes open to Level 2 that will benefit any young person aspiring to progress into the professional IT sector.

"... it’s so nice to work with an awarding body who are so organised". - Nick Sherwood, Woodlands School

Total Credits required to achieve the qualification - 50
Mandatory Units: 

  • UNIT 1 - Computational Thinking (10 CREDITS)
  • UNIT 2 - Principles of Software Engineering (10 CREDIT)
  • UNIT 3 - Delivering a Software Project (10 CREDITS)
  • UNIT 4 - Open Systems and Community Development (10 CREDITS)
  • UNIT 5 - Computer Systems Management (10 CREDITS)

NUMBER

601/1376/5

 LEVEL

Level 3

TOTAL CREDITS

50

GLH

360

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Coursework, E-assessment, Multiple Choice Examination, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment, Written Examination

OPERATIONAL DATE

01-Oct-2013

FUNDED

YES

GRADING SCALE

A*/A/B/C/D/E

SPECIFICATION:

The qualification at Level 2 has two assessment components both of which cover the full content of the qualifications.

  1. Coursework assessed in terms of competence in practical areas where knowledge and understanding can be applied in real and motivating contexts.
  2. An externally set and externally marked examination to assess knowledge and understanding that underpins user competence.

Level 2 consists of 3 units. Units have credit values in the qualifications and credit framework (QCF). A minimum of 15 credits is needed for L2 (5 credits for each of the 3 Units), equating to 120 guided learning hours.
Level 2 candidates will be deemed to have achieved a pass when units to a minimum value of 15 credits have been assessed so that there is evidence of secure performance against the assessment criteria and therefore competence against the specified learning outcomes. They are then eligible to take the examination.
They are then eligible to take the the examination which provides a further potential 70 marks. If the candidate achieves a total score of 50 marks from the coursework and the examination they will be awarded a grade C. For 60 marks or more a grade B, for 70 marks or more a grade A and for 80 marks or more a grade A*.

TLM Level 3 Diploma in Open Systems Computing (QCF) - Handbook

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