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    1. New qualification briefing April 2013 London

    2. Introduction • The new City & Guildsqualifications for IT User have been designed in response to the Secretary of State’s requirement that all qualifications in the Qualifications and Credit Framework that receive Performance Measure Points must be graded and have a substantial amount of external assessment. • They remain flexible qualifications that can be used to support classroom learning or home based learning and assessment as required.

    3. New L2 Certificate qualification Internal skills tests are a key part of ensuring learner competence Internal & external moderation assessment processes are important parts of ensuring reliability of the qualification At Level 2 there are four pass grades C to A* equivalent to GCSE An extended piece of synoptic evidence derived from other subject work showing the application of IT skills achieved to be used in new Mandatory unit exam

    4. Main changes • Still nine qualifications at 3 levels and same units as 7534 but new 3D units available • Still unit credit rating • Still Mandatory Unit required for Certificate and Diploma • New Mandatory unit external exam at 2 levels • New IT knowledge and understanding external test based on IT User Fundamentals unit content for all

    5. Main changes • More flexibility in delivery • More content support • New progression pathways: IT User Design, IT User Business, IT User Creative, etc. • Recognition of prior learning (MOS, ACU 24% ITQ) • New additional Professional Certification option from Autodesk & Microsoft (Prodigy Learning)

    6. Main changes • Less ‘coursework’ evidence – one piece per unit • One extended piece of ‘coursework’ evidence required for candidates to reference in the 90 minute Mandatory Unit exam • at least 4 skills at the level of the qualification • GCSE type coursework not prep. - ideally showing skills elements from different units • 30 minute multiple choice knowledge test

    7. Marking scheme • Skills test (Must Pass to be graded) 24 marks • Coursework 12 marks • Optional units summary 4 marks • Mandatory unit exam 40 marks • IT knowledge test 20 marks 40% Grade C 40 Performance points 60% Grade B 49 Performance points 80% Grade A 55 Performance points 85% Grade A* 59 Performance points

    8. Qualification structures Level 1 Award, minimum 3 units Level 1 Certificate, minimum 4 units Level 1 Diploma, minimum 12 units Level 2 Award, minimum 3 units Level 2 Certificate, minimum 4 units Level 2 Diploma – minimum 11 units Level 3 Award, minimum 2 units Level 3 Certificate, minimum 5 units Level 3 Diploma – minimum 7 units

    9. Unit credits

    10. Units *online tutorials in CMS * Mandatory unit* new unit Credit values Unit titleL1 L2 L3 • Improving productivity using IT* 3 4 5 • IT user fundamentals 3* 3* • Setting up an IT system 3 4* 5* • Optimise IT system performance 2 4 5 • Security for IT users 1 2 3 • IT communication fundamentals 2 2 • Using the Internet 3* 4* 5* • Using email 2* 3* 3* • Using collaborative technologies 3 4 6 • Using mobile IT devices 2 2 • Personal information management software 2 2 • IT software fundamentals 3 3 • Audio software 2 3 4 • Video software 2 3 4 • Bespoke software 2 3 4 • 3D Animation software* 3 4 6* • 3D Design software*3 4 6*

    11. Units (cont.) *online tutorials in CMS *newunit Credit values Unit titleL1 L2 L3 • Specialist software 2 3 4 • Computer accounting software 2 3 5 • Data management software 2 3 4 • Database software 3* 4* 6* • Design software 3 4 6 • Imaging software 3 4 6 • Desktop publishing software 3 4 5 • Drawing and planning software 2* 3* 4* • Multimedia software 3 4 6 • Presentation software 3* 4* 6* • Project management software 3 4 6 • Spreadsheet software 3* 4* 6* • Website software 3* 4* 6* • Word Processing software 3* 4* 6* • 3D Design & Planning software* 3* 4* 6*

    12. Unit combination examples L2 Award for IT Users Credit value 10 • Presentation software 4 • Word processing software 4 • Using email 2 or • Word processing software 4 • Spreadsheet software 4 • IT user fundamentals 3 or • 3D Animation software 4 • 3D Designsoftware 4 • 3D Design & Planningsoftware 4 L2 Certificate for IT Users Credit value 16 • Improving personal productivity 4 • Word processing software 4 • Spreadsheet software 4 • 3D Animation software 4 or • Improving personal productivity 4 • IT user fundamentals 3 • Website Software* 4 • Database Software* 4 • Using email 2 * Software Developer Units

    13. L2 Diploma Example L2 Diploma example Credit Learner guidance • Improving personal productivity 4 ITQ portal assignment • Word processing software 4 L2 online tutorial • Spreadsheet software 4 L2 online tutorial • Presentation software 4 L2 online tutorial • Database software 4 L2 online tutorial • Using email 2 L1 online tutorial • Using the Internet 3 L1 online tutorial • IT user fundamentals 3 L1 online tutorial • Website software 3 L1 online tutorial • Design software 3 L1 online tutorial • Desktop publishing software 4 Centre’s teacher

    14. L3 Certificate example: 25 credits min. 10 credits @ L3 L3 Diploma example: 39 creditsmin. 17 credits @ L3 UnitCredit L3 Improving personal productivity 5 L2 IT user fundamentals 3 L3 Website Software* 6 L3 Database Software* 6 L1 Using the Internet 3 L1 Bespoke software 2 L3 Word processing software 6 L2 Presentation software 4 L2 3D AnimationSoftware 4 * Software Developer units

    15. Level 2 Certificate for Software Developers - Schools Mandatory Unit • Principles of designing and developing software Optional units group A • Creating an object orientated computer program • Creating an event driven computer program • Creating a procedural computer program Credit 3 7 7 7

    16. Optional units group B Unit • Business concepts 2 • Data representation and manipulation for IT • Software testing • Web fundamentals • Customer support provision 2 • Website software • Database software • MTA: Software development fundamentals • MTA: Web development fundamentals • Software design fundamentals Learners must achieve 17 credits in total, 3 credits from Mandatory unit plus 7 credits from each Optional group Credit 4 7 6 7 9 4 4 10 10 10