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Computing and related qualifications

Looking for a computing or computing-related qualification to offer your students? This directory puts many qualifications in one handy reference guide. . Over 200 entries!

Table of Contents
  • Copyright information
  • Disclaimer
  • Introduction
  • Criteria for selecting a qualification
  • Qualifications for 16-18 year-olds 2019
  • Technical awards
  • Technical certificates
  • Tech levels
  • Applied general qualifications
  • A Levels in ICT
  • A Levels in Computing
  • Academic qualifications in ICT
  • Academic qualifications in Computing
  • Qualifications for 16-18 year-olds 2019
  • Qualifications for Key Stage 4, 2019
  • Qualifications for 16-18 year-olds 2020
  • Qualifications for Key Stage 4, 2020
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Special supplement: Miscellaneous Qualifications
  • Useful websites

Why this ebook?
Unfortunately, the options available for computing qualifications at school level which can be taken at GCSE or A Level have been restricted in recent years.

Fortunately, however, there are other options available. Whether or not your senior leadership team will allow you to run such courses is, of course, another matter. However, if the alternative is either no computing at all, or a very small number of pupils taking qualifications, or a marked reduction in, especially, girls' interest in technical education perhaps you could make a decent case for an alternative.

It's also worth bearing in mind two things about alternative qualifications, especially those which the Department for Education regards as low level.

First, if you are able to enter pupils for both qualifications, that is approved GCSE courses and another one, pupils who find the Computing GCSE too difficult could at least come out with something to show for their time on the course.

Secondly, if a pupil has done well at Key Stage 3 but is not attracted by the prospect of Computer Science GCSE, it seems a pity not to at least provide them with a means to prove what they have learnt over those three years.

You may also discover that some of the very specialist courses, such as networking, will appeal to some pupils. If they are within your field of expertise, then why not ask for enough time to offer it?

Alternatively, consider working with a local college or company to offer such courses.

How to use this book
You can either search for the kind of qualification you are looking to offer, go straight to the relevant section, or browse through. Once you find a course that looks like a strong possibility, I'm afraid you will then need to do some research for yourself to see if it really is suitable and doable, because you are in a far better position than I to decide. You can do that by finding the course on the Awarding Body's website and studying the syllabus and other information.

I hope you find this ebook useful, but please remember caveat emptor: let the buyer beware. I've done my best to ensure that the information is up-to-date and accurate at the time of going to press, but sometimes things change very quickly!

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