Functional Skills in ICT


Year 10 Students at Launchpad will have the opportunity to study Functional Skills in ICT.
This qualification is for young people who wish to achieve a wide range of practical ICT skills for use in everyday life.

What is Launchpad aiming to achieve through its Functional Skills ICT curriculum?
• To learn how to apply knowledge and understanding to produce appropriate solutions to a problem/task
• To be able to demonstrate the application of a wide range of techniques across several applications to produce an appropriate outcome
• Provide a flexible assessment structure that can be adapted to meet the needs of individual learners.
• Provide accreditation of achievements in a range ICT skills in real-life settings so that learners can use subject skills in a functional way throughout life.

Rationale
Due to GCSE ICT no longer being offered it was thought that Functional Skills in ICT would give students the opportunity to study the subject and gain a qualification. The course has been designed in response to employers' perceptions that many learners are not achieving a firm enough grounding in the basics of ICT. The functional skills qualifications are important, as they can be applied to everyday life and work which suits our students.

Units of study:
The learners will study the following topics:
1. Databases, Data Capture and Data Security
2. Email and Internet Safety
3. Graphics
4. Input Devices, Processing and Output Devices
5. Presentation Software
6. Publishing Software
7. Spreadsheets
8. Word Processing

Assessments
Pupils are assessed at the end of Year 10 with a two-hour examination.

Progression Opportunities:
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress onto further studies in the ICT field.

Career opportunities could include:
Business Administration, Computer Programmer, Customer Liaison Support Officer,  Database Analyst, ICT Support, IT Service Desk Staff 

 

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