Education body OCR has unveiled its Entry Level qualification in Computing as a way of building a solid foundation for students interested in IT.
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The qualification, aimed at KS3 and KS4 level students, has been put together with input from teachers and employers.
The OCR qualification offers elements of computer science, specific computing qualifications and the Cambridge Nationals.
Lorna Panesar, curriculum leader for computing at The Emmbrook School in Wokingham, said the qualification will help to introduce a new generation of students to the subject.
“It is essential to ensure we stay ahead in our industry, and to do this we should encourage computational thinking as early as possible," she said.
“This will not only be a useful tool to achieve that, but also to reach out to students who may not yet be ready for a more complex GCSE qualification."
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Mark Dawe, chief executive of OCR, said: “With the disapplication of the ICT curriculum last year, schools have the opportunity to develop their own programmes of study and our range of qualifications, including the new entry level certificate, can support them.”
OCR has teamed up with Raspberry Pi and Computing at School to develop new course material.