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Help need a one Year ICT course

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by scruffycat, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. scruffycat

    scruffycat New commenter

    Our Year 10's will be certificated with 2 GCSE's equivalent in OCr nationals old spec. thus finished in the summer.
    so what to do next year? Choices so far are:
    • MOS
    • Start AS level
    We know some will not enjoy computing thus will not start this as an option. Anyone tried the BCS digital creator course?
  2. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    Have I got this wrong or will this not count in the league tables? Only results in their final year count don't they?
    For what it's worth DO NOT DO L3 OCR Nationals - WAY too much writing of reports.
  3. dogpile

    dogpile New commenter

    AS isn't possible in two terms unless the kids have done an ICT GCSE. OCR Nat is simply to far away from AS curriculum for you to make up the deficit in time. You've only two terms.

    Short Course GCSE could be possible and since some 6th forms simply ignore OCR nats, might get them a qualification of some value. But again two terms and the Controlled assessments take a lot longer than the boards indicate.

    MOS is I assume microsoft office specialist which doesn't have any league table value(?).

    Time and ability are the real factors here.
  4. MOS does count for league tables if you pay an exam board (OCR I think) to 'convert' the certificates into credits. Not sure on the specifics of credits needed to make a "GCSE", but Prodigy Learning will be able to advise on the exact nature of this!
  5. dogpile

    dogpile New commenter

    Is this on the list of voc ed that have survived the cull? Doubt it's value otherwise.
  6. It is not on the list, does the Vocational cull apply to current Y10 though?

    iMedia (L2 or L3) is a good option for 1yr, has been approved, with good students you should be able to blast through enough content to gain the Certificate (1 "GCSE"?). Not great preparation for 6th Form ICT/Computing, but the right choice of units (big selection available) could be some help.
  7. scruffycat

    scruffycat New commenter

    Results have only ever been counted in the year 11 year, even if accelerated. I think that it is 2014 onwards that there has to be the 'enhanced' terminal rule.
    The course I am looking at is http://www.bcs.org/category/14408 according to their literature it is on the approved list but I am awaiting a phone call.
    I am thinking of offering 3 pathways for the single group to choose from MOS (we are a centre) or digital creator or starting AS early to build on if they choose ICT post 16.
    Anyone got experience of the digital creator course?

  8. scruffycat

    scruffycat New commenter

    Not worried about point score for 1 year just a worthwhile qualification at reasonable cost. They will already have 2 GCSE's in terms of point score as we start in Year 7 (nationals award) and I have always accepted students into AS level with this course as we know we deliver it in a rigorous way and the independency developed by the kids is excleeent for AS level (better than the GCSE IMHO).
    The other KS4 group is already accelerated to AS level these are the weaker kids (relatively) that are almost but not quite ready for AS level.
  9. You could do ITQ, the MOS exams can be used towards ITQ, as can the BBC WebWise exams in using a mobile phone, internet safety and using the internet and e-mail to get some more level 1 points. You can sit CLAiT papers as a quick way to get the unit without having to complete reams of coursework or you could do units like building an IT system if you want to do something more practical. There's quite a variety of units and so long as you get the minimum number at level 2 you can get a Level 2 Certificate (1 GCSE grade C) or Level 2 Extended Certificate (2 GCSE) using a mixture of Level 1 and Level 2 units. If you have any exceptionally bright students they may manage a single Level 3 unit which would still count as points towards Level 2.

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