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Which course provider is best? ICT Functional Skills

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by doolally, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Dear all
    I am a D&T teacher with 5 years experience working in mainstream. I have recently started teaching in a PRU and have been assigned the role as Head of ICT.
    I am set to introduce ICT Functional Skills however, am now a little confused as to which Exam board to go with.
    I'm used to AQA (from my previous D&T role) however, would like to know what I may be missing out on by not considering Edexcel/OCR etc to deliver this course.
    I am also wondering which are the 'go-to' resource websites which you'd typically use (both as a teacher and for pupils).
    I would really appreciate any guidance from ICT specialists so any feedback would be greatly received.
    Thanks in advance,
    Gemma
     
  2. Dear all
    I am a D&T teacher with 5 years experience working in mainstream. I have recently started teaching in a PRU and have been assigned the role as Head of ICT.
    I am set to introduce ICT Functional Skills however, am now a little confused as to which Exam board to go with.
    I'm used to AQA (from my previous D&T role) however, would like to know what I may be missing out on by not considering Edexcel/OCR etc to deliver this course.
    I am also wondering which are the 'go-to' resource websites which you'd typically use (both as a teacher and for pupils).
    I would really appreciate any guidance from ICT specialists so any feedback would be greatly received.
    Thanks in advance,
    Gemma
     
  3. Totally80s

    Totally80s New commenter

    Don't look at it from the point of the course look at it from the point of how many examination windows are there so you can enter students when they are most ready or possibly for a resit or a further resit (FS seems to be a pain to pass compared to GCSE or OCR Nats or iMedia etc). If memory serves me correctly OCR fits the bill on this criteria.
    But realistically visit the board websites and look at a range of FS papers and see what is right for your student.
     
  4. I use Edexcel for Functional Skills. I choose it because it was the easiest. The exam follows the same pattern every time:



    1. 15 minutes internet research

    2. Complete an excel sheet with a couple of SUM and AVERAGE formulas then a fairly simple IF statement.

    3. Draw a graph

    4. Create a leaflet in Publisher or a three-slide presentation in PowerPoint

    5. Write an email with an attachment



    If memory serves there are five examination windows in a year. I think the cost is higher than other exam boards, but if you've got the exams budget then it's my recommendation.
     
  5. Thanks all for your respose to my original query :D
    I have been looking at Edexcel and I think that I will definatly go down that route.
    Can I ask what resources you refer to with the pupils in terms of websites and textbooks as I can't find any Edexcel ICT FS books online?
    Thanks again
    Gemma
     
  6. bonjovifan35

    bonjovifan35 New commenter

    If you go to the Edexcel website and locate the Functional Skills section and then locate Teacher Support Materials, you can download the module guides, lesson plans and related files. This is all free and can be put onto a VLE. i found it a really good starting point for delivering the course.
    http://www.edexcel.com/quals/func-skills/ict/Pages/default.aspx
     

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