Level 2 Certificate in User Skills and Digital Technologies – QAN 603/2817/4


Purpose Statement

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 year old Learners who enjoy solving problems using digital tools, but also those interested in the way that information is used. The different units look at the best methods and techniques to employ when given a problem to solve. Problems can be wide ranging, as digital covers so many aspects of work and education, therefore the knowledge and application of practical methods of solving problems is flexible. There is a great emphasis on the idea of interoperability. This idea relates to the fact that you may learn how to word process on a desktop based application, but you may then be asked to collaborate on that document via a web based version of that application, or a different word processor. You may need to work on this document while travelling, so the document might be refined on your smartphone or tablet. All of these situations require different ways of using your skills, knowledge and understanding, but all have a common theme of requiring you to be effective and efficient. This qualification works towards you achieving that goal.

 

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 creation and management of different digital artefacts, whether they are numerical or graphical. Students will be critical developers of digital material that is designed to inform and persuade different audiences. They will also explore the aspects of IT project management.

What will the student study?

This qualification is made up of the study of mandatory units, such as project management and digital design. You will also study more broad units in digital design, publishing and data modelling in order to practice some of the technical skills and techniques to use these applications effectively. These are taught so that you get the right amount of skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to both pass the project work (Controlled Assessment) and the final examination. The following table shows the units you will study, the number of hours and some of the individual parts that you will work on.

 

The programme of study is divided into 5 sections

Unit Title GLH Skills, knowledge and understanding Assessment
Digital Tools and Best Practice for Project Management 35
Skills to use the correct digital tools and practices to manage IT projects.. 
Knowledge of the principles and practices of project management and how they function. 
Understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the approach and the various elements.

This will be assessed through practical application in a controlled assessment and external examination questions.

Digital Safety and Security Policies and Procedures 30
Skills of applying the right mechanisms to protect a system from attack and damage.
Knowledge of how attacks work and how threats are created and administered. 
Understanding of the damage that can occur and the methods to stop it.
This will be assessed through practical application in a controlled assessment and external examination questions.
Digital Editing and Publishing 25
Skills of applying the right tools and adjustments to make quality published materials.
Knowledge of editing and publishing best practices and their function. 
Understanding of the best methods and the wider sector.
This will be assessed through practical application in a controlled assessment and external examination questions.
Digital Design and Graphics 25
Skills of applying the right tools and adjustments to make quality graphical materials. 
Knowledge of design best practices and their function. 
Understanding of the best methods and the wider sector.
This will be assessed through practical application in a controlled assessment and external examination questions.
Digital Modelling and Data Management 25
Skills of applying the right tools and adjustments to make quality digital models. 
Knowledge of data modelling and data management best practices and their function. 
Understanding of the best methods and the wider sector.
This will be assessed through practical application in a controlled assessment and external examination questions.

 The qualification is graded by a controlled assessment and an examination.

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?

Broadly speaking, this qualification will prepare you for a variety of academic courses beyond Key Stage 4, as well as employment opportunities. The practical aspects of the mandatory units will allow you to explore the wide range of digital applications currently available and give you the opportunity to apply these in realistic situations through the controlled assessment. This application can be part of the exploration of materials which make up the unit work in lessons, through extra-curricular activities such as skills workshops, or via the mechanism of the controlled assessment. In all instances it is expected that the challenges posed and undertaken will be as close an approximation to the real-world as is possible. Therefore, you may be asked to develop a range of materials in any of the main fields in the digital sector shown at the bottom of this page.

 

The qualification is a good way to get into a digitally related occupation, but also a general purpose way to learn how to deal with the vast range and volume of digital materials that make up the modern world.

 

Academically, this qualification will prepare you well 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 universal.

 

Further Education studies in any subject will greatly benefit from the skills acquired here. Candidates will be able to research, develop and write more competent and engaging essays for subjects such as humanities, as well as be able to manage graphical elements. They will understand how to find meaningful and true resources to back up their arguments. In the science and mathematical subjects they will be able to use data modelling skills to produce more accurate and quantifiable results. They will have the presentation skills required to submit these results in a clear and concise way for peer review and feedback. Their project management skills will allow them to organise and manage this material in a safe and secure way.

 

In terms of career options, the qualification will be suitable for all of the government’s recognised digital pathways:

 

1. Digital Marketing: Units 1, 3 and 4

2. Digital Communication: All units

3. Digital Data Analysis: Units 1 and 5

4. Digital Security: Unit 2

 

Complimentary Subjects

 

Good digital literacy skills will compliment and underpin most subjects, but there is a close association with some or all of 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.

 

Endorsements

The following organisations have endorsed this qualification.

Trade Body

Academic

TLM Endorsement NESCOT 2018-1

TLM Endorsement 2018 – Burnley

TLM Endorsement RHACC 2018

Employment

 

UK Fast Support

TLM Letter of Support – Prodigy

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