Computing Vocational Taster

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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 19 (as well as adults and younger learners, where appropriate).

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.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the centre registration form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the Vocational Tasters are added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase your books and access additional resources and guidance via the members area of this website. ASDAN also provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.


ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Vocational Tasters, you can find further information and resources in the members area. This section of the website contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you will need to deliver your course.

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the members area. You can create a new user account using the online form. 

Certification

Once students' work has been internally moderated, centres can request certificates for successful candidates from ASDAN, using the form in the members area.

There is no external moderation for this programme, although ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' work for quality assurance purposes.

Costs

All student book, certification and registration prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.


Item Price
Short Course student book (one per learner) £8.50
Short Course e-learning login (one per learner) £8.50
Short Course PDF certificate Free
Short Courses printed and foiled certificate (optional, per learner, per Short Course £2.15

 

Please note that prices are listed with VAT at 20% where appropriate. All prices valid until 31 August 2018.

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