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Computing Vocational Taster

About this course

What is it?

Vocational Tasters offer learners a concrete introduction to a range of employment sectors. Ideal for learners following an alternative progression route, these courses help learners to make progress towards their personal learning and career aims.

Increasing learners’ knowledge of different employment sectors will help them to make informed and long-lasting decisions about their post-16 destinations.

The Computing Vocational Taster contains modules in: infrastructure, digital media and content, web development, programming, health and safety, and careers.

This course can be completed using the student book or is available for learners to complete online through the ASDAN e-portfolio system. Learners log in to complete challenges, record skills development and upload evidence. Tutors can view learner progress and sign off work, leaving feedback as needed.

Who is it for?

Young people of all abilities, mainly aged between 14 and 18. 

Vocational Tasters are multi-level, meaning that the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level.

Facts and Figures

  • Flexible, multi-level programme
  • Internally moderated
  • Accredits 10-60 hours of activities
  • Can count as up to 3 of the credits needed to achieve the Personal Development Programmes
  • Can count as up to 6 of the credits needed to achieve CoPE
  • Also offers progression to AoPE and Wider Key Skills

Requirements

Learners must present evidence of their activities in an organised portfolio or e-portfolio.

This will contain:

  • a record of challenges completed, with supporting evidence for each challenge
  • recording documents, showing how learners have planned and reviewed their activities
  • summary of achievement, highlighting skills development
  • personal statement

Course Content

This vocational taster contains six modules, corresponding to different aspects of computing:

  • Infrastructure
  • Digital media and content
  • Web development
  • Programming
  • Health and safety in computing
  • Careers in computing

Each learner will need their own copy of the student book or an e-portfolio login – this contains the challenge content and recording documents.

Download sample pages from the Computing Vocational Taster student book.

1. Staff training


• The members of staff with overall responsibility for delivery should attend an ASDAN introductory workshop, webinar or an INSET.

Training to deliver Short Courses is not a mandatory requirement, however it is highly recommended to ensure that the centre and learners obtain the maximum benefit from the programme.

2. Register with ASDAN


• You will need to have ASDAN Programmes membership to deliver Vocational Tasters. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support from ASDAN, including regular mailings and updates.

3. Create a new cohort


• Create a new cohort in the Teaching area of the ASDAN website: asdan.org.uk
• Specify a course co-ordinator and the expected completion date.
• Enter the number of learners taking the course, with learner names if known.
• Select student books for your learners.

Purchase e-portfolio logins

If you're delivering the Vocational Tasters via e-portfolio rather than a student book:
• Register your learners via the tutor portal: tutor.asdan.org.uk
• Enter learner names, select your chosen Short Course(s) and assign tutors.
• Generate login details for learners.

4. Purchase supporting resources

• Buy optional supporting resources below. 

5. Delivery

• Deliver the course to your learners.
• Resources, such as skills sheets, can be downloaded below. 

Learners can log in to their e-portolio at: eportfolio.asdan.org.uk

6. Internal moderation

• Internally moderate all portfolios and e-portfolios to ensure that learners have met the full requirements of the course. Ensure that learners are given adequate time to make any necessary amendments.
• Internal moderation checklists are provided to support this process. While Vocational Tasters are not externally moderated, ASDAN reserves the right to sample learners’ portfolios for quality assurance purposes.

7. Certification

• After successful internal moderation, confirm your learner names and details claim certificates online.
• Choose a free downloadable PDF certificate, or request printed and foiled certificates from ASDAN at an extra cost.
• Certificates will be posted to the Short Course co-ordinator for your centre within 20 days.


If you are planning to use the credits gained from a Short Course towards another programme or qualification, you must ensure that both the Short Course certificate and the student’s portfolio are presented at external moderation.

Costs

All costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book. 

Item Price
Computing Vocational Taster Student Book £9.00
Computing Vocational Taster Certificate £2.35

 

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To teach this course you must have one of these membership types:

  • Programmes Plus
  • Programmes
  • Qualifications

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Products

Computing Vocational Taster student book

The student book contains the curriculum for the Computing Vocational Taster. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book.

The Computing Vocational Taster contains modules in:

  • Infrastructure
  • Digital Media and Content
  • Web Development
  • Programming
  • Health and Safety in Computing
  • Careers in Computing
£9.00
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Computing Vocational Taster student book

The student book contains the curriculum for the Computing Vocational Taster. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book.

The Computing Vocational Taster contains modules in:

  • Infrastructure
  • Digital Media and Content
  • Web Development
  • Programming
  • Health and Safety in Computing
  • Careers in Computing
£9.00
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Course Resources


Computing Vocational Taster - 3A5 Web Development: Slow loading times

This worksheet asks learners to give possible reasons for slow loading times on webpages and suggest optimisations to improve page load times. This resource links to challenge 3A5 from the Computing Vocational Taster.


Computing Vocational Taster: Wireframing templates

These wireframing templates can be used to sketch out ideas when designing websites or apps. Templates are included for a browser window on a laptop/desktop computer, a tablet device and a smartphone. This resource links to challenges 2B1 and 3B2 from the Computing Vocational Taster.