BCS Level 1/2 Technical Award in Digital Literacy

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New for 2017

Technical Awards are broad, high quality level 1 and level 2 qualifications that equip learners with applied knowledge and associated practical skills not usually acquired through general education.

The BCS Level 1/2 Technical Award in Digital Literacy is distinct from GCSEs and is designed to complement and supplement the academic offer. It is ideal for learners who prefer to learn by applying their skills, knowledge and understanding through a practical, work-related context. The Technical Award in Digital Literacy provides learners with the ability to use technology creatively, efficiently and safely to live, learn and work in a digital society.

This qualification aims to:

  • focus on an applied study of digital skills needed for the workplace
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a significant core of knowledge and theoretical content with broad-ranging applicability
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills
  • give young people the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to support future learning
  • increase young people’s awareness of their rights and responsibilities in the digital world
  • equip young people with the skills to develop independent learning skills
  • give young people an understanding of digital literacy skills required in a wide range of occupations.

The BCS Level 1/2 Technical Award in Digital Literacy has been submitted to the Department for Education (DfE) for consideration in the Technical Award category of the 2019 key stage 4 performance tables. It is anticipated that this qualification will be approved in time for first teaching in September 2017. Some further changes may be required and BCS cannot provide assurance that this specification will not change as a result of feedback from DfE.

Product specifications

Draft Qualification Specification:
BCS Level 1/2 Technical Award in Digital Literacy

QAN Code: 603/1132/0
Available from: September 2017

Purpose Statement:
BCS Level 1/2 Technical Award in Digital Literacy

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