Level 2 Certificate in Open Platforms and Digital Skills – QAN 603/1204/X
The following page and links are designed as a purpose statement for this qualification. The page will give information to students, parents, employers and others interested in the qualification as to its purpose and key characteristics. The page will also offer any endorsements for the qualification.
Who is the qualification for?
This qualification is designed for 14-16 yr old learners who want to use digital platforms.
The world in which we live is increasingly reliant on technology. Understanding the digital environment is fundamental to learning to deal with the vast range and volume of information.
The ability to use digital platforms underpins most courses in FE, HE or modern apprenticeships. The qualification will be a useful addition to a CV, if the learner is wanting to work in, for example:
Travel and Leisure
Transport and Aviation
Many companies are looking for technicians to manage servers and hosting platforms.
Most companies research an applicant’s digital footprint as part of their recruitment process.
A digital CV, including blogs and videos, creates a favourable impression and allows the learner to demonstrate a wide range of skills.
Academically, this qualification will prepare learners for further post-16 studies in all subjects as they all require competence in digital tools and technologies. The ability to write and present information in a digital format is now a universal requirement.
Further Education studies in any subject will greatly benefit from the skills acquired here.
Endorsement for the qualification from a number of FE colleges and employers can be found here: https://theingots.org/community/endorse
In terms of career options, the qualification will be suitable for all of the government’s recognised digital pathways:
1. Digital Marketing: Units 1 and 4
2. Digital Communication: All units
3. Digital Data Analysis: Units 2 and 4
4. Digital Security: Units 3 and 4
Who might be interested in taking this course?
The course is a broad ranging course covering all aspects of digital technology with a focus on the emerging “always on” aspects of services. Any students who use digital technology to create or share material, or who wish to pursue a career or further study in information and communication technology will benefit from the skills and understanding on offer.
What will the student study?
- The programme of study develops an appreciation of the fact that data is all around us but that it is when data is processed that data is turned into information and with information comes power to make decisions.
- The linked unit structure allows learners to develop a “joined up” view of the digital world and the way that it impacts upon their lives and the personal decisions they make everyday.
- The “themed” sets of practical units build a digital portfolio that showcase a true “Can do” capability to tutors or agencies recruiting students to level 3 courses or to an advanced apprenticeship programme
The programme of study is divided into 4 sections
|Understanding digital platforms and open standards||25||3|
|Management digital platforms and applying digital skills||25||3|
|Protecting and future proofing digital platforms||25||3|
|Planning, executing and evaluating digital systems||50||5|
What knowledge and skills will the student develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?
Having studied this qualification you will have knowledge and skills in:
1. The many forms that data is found in the world around us
2. The ways that data is being captured without us realising
3. How digital applications transform data into information
4. Why and How personal and commercial data needs protection
5. The responsibilities that organisations who hold data have to protect that data
6. How digital applications are allowing users to collaborate to make the best use of available data
7. Why the on-line world has increased the challenges to data security
8. Practical skills in taking data and using it to meet the needs of an audience
9. Practical skills in developing a project from research and planning to testing and evaluation
Which subjects will complement this course?
Good digital literacy skills will complement and underpin all subjects. However, there is a close association with the following:
GCSE English – writing formatting and management
GCSE Maths – formulae, spreadsheets, analysis, charts and graphs
GCSE Science – as above
GCSE Computer Science – hardware and software
GCSE MFL – all languages
GCSE Humanities – all subjects
GCSE PSRE – blogs, journals
GCSE Business Studies – CV
GCSE Design Technology – design software, project management
Other technical and vocational subjects will require the use of digital literacy skills to create, store and share information.
The following organisations have endorsed this qualification.