Level 3 Diploma in Computing (L3DC) (Part 1)

1. About NCC Education

NCC Education is a UK awarding body, active in the UK and internationally. Originally part of the UK National Computing Centre, NCC Education started offering IT qualifications in 1976 and from 1997 developed its Higher Education portfolio to include Business qualifications, IT qualifications for school children and a range of Foundation qualifications.

With Centres in over forty countries, four international offices and academic managers worldwide, NCC Education strives to employ the latest technologies for learning, assessment and support. NCC Education is regulated and quality assured by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, see www.ofqual.gov.uk) in England.

1.1 Why choose this qualification?

NCC Education’s Level 3 Diploma in Computing is:

  • Regulated by Ofqual and listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework – Qualification Number 600/6407/9. The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) is a credit-based qualifications framework, allowing candidates to take a unit-based approach to building qualifications.

For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/list-of-qualification-levels

  • Quality assured and well established in the UK and worldwide
  • Recognised and valued by employers and universities worldwide
  • The NCC Education Level 3 Diploma in Computing (RQF) is an Applied General qualification which allows candidates to demonstrate key transferrable study skills, mathematical competency and applied cultural understanding, especially in the area of digital culture, as well as an understanding of the essential concepts of computer programming.

Objective

In addition, successful candidates will fulfil the main entry requirements for NCC Education’s Level 4 Diploma in Computing or Level 4 Diploma in Business IT, as well as opening up opportunities to access a range of higher education courses or employment. Examples of higher education opportunities include, but are not limited to, progressing to university degrees in Software Engineering or Computer Science, Computer Networking Systems, Digital Media Technology, Computer Forensics and Security. Examples of employment opportunities include roles such as IT Helpdesk Professional, Data Entry Clerk, IT Support Technician and Computer Service and Repair Technician.

The Level 3 Diploma in Computing syllabus and assessment is suitable for students aged 16-19 as well as adult learners.

The above purpose is stated in the Qualification Specification, Section 1.1, Page 4. The Qualification Specification is published on the NCC Education website at: http://www.nccedu.com/our-qualifications/foundation/ncc-education-level-3-diploma-incomputing-(qcf)

2. Structure of the L3DC Qualification 

Qualification Title, Credits, Units and Level

NCC Education Level 3 Diploma in Computing (RQF), 60 credits, all at RQF
Level 3.
Total Qualification Time: 600 hours
Guided Learning Hours: 305 hours.
Candidates must pass all 5 Units to be awarded the L3 Diploma in Computing
certificate.

Study and
Communication Skills
(20 credits)
Foundation Mathematics
(10 credits)
Culture Studies
(10 credits)
Introduction to
Computer Science
(10 Credits)
Introduction to
Programming
(10 Credits)

Please see Section 5 below for Syllabuses, which include the Guided Learning Hours and Total Qualification Time for each Unit of the Level 3 Diploma in Computing.

This qualification is regulated by Ofqual and listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework – Qualification Number 600/6407/9. For further information see http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Qualification/Details/600_6407_9

3. Assessment for the qualification

3.1 Assessment objectives

All assessment for the qualification is intended to allow candidates to demonstrate they have met the relevant Learning Outcomes. Moreover NCC Education’s assessment is appropriate to the assessment criteria as stated in this specification and is regularly reviewed to ensure it remains consistent with the specification.

3.2 Overview of Qualification Unit Assessment

Unit Assessment Methods
Local Examination Global Examination  Global Assignment
Study and Communication Skills 100%
Foundation Mathematics 100%
Culture Studies 100%
Introduction to Computer Science 100%
Introduction to Programming 100%

 

An examination is a time-constrained assessment that will take place on a specified date and usually in an NCC Education Centre. An assignment requires candidates to produce a written response to a set of one or more tasks, meeting a deadline imposed by the Centre.

The overall Unit mark is computed from the weighted mean of its components. The pass mark for a Unit is 40%.

NCC Education Centres can provide candidates with a specimen assessment paper as well as a limited number of past examination and assignment papers.

Past examination and assignment papers may be made available only following results release for the corresponding assessment cycle. Results release dates and past examination and assignment release dates can be found in the Activity Schedules area of Candidate Registration Portal, NCC Education’s student registration system.

3.3 Accessibility of Assessment

We review our guidelines on assessment practices to ensure compliance with equality law and to confirm assessment for our Units is fit for purpose.

3.3.1 Reasonable adjustments and special consideration

NCC Education is committed to providing reasonable adjustments and special consideration so as to ensure disabled candidates, or those facing exceptional circumstances, are not disadvantaged in demonstrating their knowledge, skills and understanding.

Further information on NCC Education’s arrangements for giving reasonable adjustments and special consideration can be found in the NCC Education Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations Policy.

3.3.2 Supervision and Authentication of Assessment

NCC Education Centres are required to organise all assessment activity for this specification according to NCC Education’s Policies and Advice.

Candidates’ identity and the authenticity of their work is verified and NCC Education moderates all assessment to ensure that the marking carried out is fair, and that the grading reflects the standard achieved by candidates as relevant to the specification Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria. Detailed guidance on this process and how candidate work must be submitted to NCC Education is given in NCC Education’s Examination Guidelines and Moderation Manual. The Moderation Manual also includes full reminder checklists for Centre administrators.

4. Administration

4.1Assessment Cycles

Four assessment cycles are offered throughout the year, in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Examination dates and assignment submission deadlines are published in the NCC Education Activity Schedule, which is provided to Centres by Customer Services. It is also available on Candidate Registration Portal, NCC Education’s student registration system.

The Activity Schedule also gives the key dates for registering candidates for assessment cycles, the dates when Centres can expect the assessment documentation and, ultimately, the assessment results from NCC Education.

4.2. Language of Assessment

All assessment is conducted in English.

4.3. Candidates

NCC Education’s qualifications are available to those Centre candidates who satisfy the entry requirements as stated in this specification.

4.4. Qualification and Unit Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the NCC Education L3DC qualification, students must:

• have demonstrably previously studied in English at secondary school level or have a valid score of 5.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Examination (or equivalent).

The Level 3 Diploma in Computing syllabus and assessment is suitable for students aged 16-19 as well as adult learners.

4.5. Candidate Entry

Candidates are registered for assessment via NCC Education’s Candidate Registration Portal system and according to the deadlines for registration provided in the Activity Schedule.

Further details can be found in NCC Education’s Operations Manual.

4.6 Eligibility Period

The maximum period of time that NCC Education allows for the completion of your programme is three years. Please contact your Accredited Partner Centre if you have any queries relating to this.

4.7 Resits

If a candidate fails an assessment, they will be provided with opportunities to resit during the eligibility period.

Candidates may only seek reassessment in a previously failed Unit.

5. Syllabus

Study and Communication Skills

Title Study and Communication Skills
RQF code: A/504/1424
Credits 20
Level 3

 

Guided Learning Hours 75 hours Total Qualification Time 200 hours

 

Learning Outcomes;
The Learner will:
Assessment Criteria;
The Learner can:
1. Be able to take effective notes
from a variety of sources
1.1 Identify key information from a range of different texts
1.2 Record key points when listening to information being given
1.3 Critically review their own notes
1.4 Use their own notes to accurately summarise information given
1.5 Use their own notes to present a summary to others
1.6 Demonstrate using a range of sources to gather information
2. Understand how to work out
the meaning of unfamiliar content
2.1 Identify unfamiliar content
2.2 Identify a number of different strategies for working out the meaning of unfamiliar content
2.3 Demonstrate the ability to find the meaning of unfamiliar content
2.4 Demonstrate the application of own understanding to unfamiliar content
3. Understand common steps in
producing academic work 
3.1Describe the common steps in producing
academic work
3.2 Define plagiarism
3.3 Explain correct referencing in an academic essay
4. Be able to produce a piece of
academic work suitable for this level, following a drafting process
4.1 Create a timetabled plan to meet the requirements of an academic assignment
4.2 Check own work for errors
4.3 Evaluate own work against criteria/requirements given
4.4 Develop sections of an assignment towards a final draft
4.5 Demonstrate the correct use of academic referencing
4.6 Present a completed piece of academic work to others
5. Understand different learning
styles
5.1 Explain the idea of multiple intelligences
5.2 Describe a range of learning styles
5.3 Identify own preferred learning style
5.4 Identify own study strengthes and weaknesses

 

Syllabus Content
Topic Course coverage
Learning to Learn
  • Learner styles and multiple intelligences
  • Self study methodology
  • Time management
  • Goal setting
  • Self analysis and critical reflection
  • Keeping a learner diary

Learning Outcome: 5

Reading Textbooks
and Note Taking
  • Reading a textbook & note taking skills
  • Using notes to write summaries
  • Public Speaking skills & Peer assessment
  • Learner diaries and study skills self-assessment

Learning Outcome: 1, 4

Note Taking in
Lectures
  • Note taking in lectures
  • Recognising key points
  • Guessing meaning
  • Editing and reviewing notes
  • Planning a speech
  • Public speaking practice and assessment

Learning Outcome: 1, 2

Library Research and
Writing an Essay
  • Accessing the library and reading strategies
  • Note taking from books
  • Essay planning and organising notes
  • Public speaking practice and assessment

Learning Outcome: 1, 4

Journal-based
Research for Essay
Writing
  • Journals and articles
  • Critical reading and analyzing data
  • Describing data in an essay
  • Academic Style
  • Editing and proof reading
  • Public speaking practice and assessment

Learning Outcome: 4

Internet Research for
Essay Writing
  • Using the internet for research
  • Bibliographies and referencing
  • Plagiarism and paraphrasing
  • Editing and checking work against criteria
  • Including sufficient detail
  • Public speaking practice and assessment

Learning outcomes: 1,4

Writing a Research
Report
  • Approaching a task and making an assignment strategy
  • Understanding requirements and using criteria
  • Integrating evidence into a report
  • Editing and proof reading
  • Public speaking practice and assessment

Learning outcome: 3,4

Examinations and
Assessment
  • Writing summaries and reviewing notes
  • Preparing for exams
  • Time Management
  • Stress and anxiety management

Learning outcome: 1

 

Related National Occupational Standards (NOS) 
Sector Subject Area: IT Users 6.2
Related NOS: ESKIICF2 FSI2:2 P3-5 Access, search for, select and use Internet-based information and evaluate its fitness for purpose
ESKIINT3 P8-10 Use browser tools to search effectively and efficiently for information from the Internet
Sector Subject Area: Business and Administration (2013)
Related NOS: CFABAA617 Develop a presentation
CFABAA623 Deliver a presentation
CFASAD111 Plan and manage own workload

 

Assessment Type 
Global Assignment (100%)
See also Section 3 above

 

Foundation Mathematics

Title Foundation Mathematics
RQF code: F/615/0154
Credits 10
Level 3

 

Guided Learning Hours 50 hours Total Qualification Time 100 hours

 

Learning Outcomes;
The Learner will:
Assessment Criteria;
The Learner can:
1. Be able to perform a range of
algebraic calculations
1.1 Simplify a range of algebraic expressions involving powers
1.2 Simplify algebraic expressions by
multiplying and dividing expressions
1.3 Factorise algebraic expressions using a
range of techniques
1.4 Simplify and solve Algebraic Fractions
2. Be able to solve a range of basic
Calculations equations
2.1 Transpose formulae
2.2 Solve linear and quadratic equations
2.3 Solve simultaneous equations
2.4 Perform statistical calculations relating to central tendency 
3. Be able to present data in graphical
form
3.1 Present data using tables, pie charts and bar charts
3.2 Construct frequency distributions
3.3 Present data as histograms, ogives and
time series graphs
3.4 Present linear and quadratic equations in graphical form
3.5 Provide graphical solutions to
simultaneous equations
4. Understand the fundamentals of
Differential Calculus
4.1 Explain the rate of change of one variable in respect of another
4.2 Calculate the gradient of a curve using
differentiation
4.3 Plot maximum and minimum turning points using graphs
4.4 Identify the maximum and minimum
turning points using differentiation
5. Understand the fundamentals of
Integral Calculus
5.1 Recognise integration as the inverse of
differentiation
5.2 Recognise the constant of integration
5.3 Evaluate the constant of integration
5.4 Evaluate the definite integral
5.5 Calculate of the area under a curve
6. Understand Measures of Dispersion 6.1 Calculate the range, quartiles and
quantiles
6.2 Calculate the mean deviation
6.3 Calculate the variance
6.4 Calculate the standard deviation
7. Understand the fundamentals of
Probability
7.1 Calculate probability using the addition
and multiplication rules
7.2 Calculate the probability of compound
events
7.3 Use tree diagrams to determine probability
7.4 Calculate probabilities of permutations and combinations

 

Syllabus Content
Topic Course coverage
Introduction to
Algebra
  • Simplification of a range of algebraic expressions including those involving powers
  • Simplifying a range of algebraic expressions by multiplying and dividing expressions
  • Factorising algebraic expressions by using a range of techniques
  • Simplify and solve a range of Algebraic Fractions

Learning Outcome: 1

Using Algebraic
Equations
  • Transposing formulae
  • Solving simple linear equations
  • Solving simple quadratic equations
  • Solving simultaneous equations

Learning Outcome: 2

Solving
algebraic
equations
Using Graphs
  • Presenting a range of linear equations in graphical form
  • Presenting a range of quadratic equations in graphical form
  • Solving simultaneous equations using graphical forms

Learning Outcome: 3

Introduction to
Differential
Calculus
  • Using the principles of calculus to explain the rate of change of one variable in respect of another
  • Calculation of the gradient of a curve using differentiation
  • Plotting maximum and minimum turning points using graphical means
  • Identification of the maximum and minimum turning points using differentiation

Learning Outcome: 4

Introduction to
Integral
Calculus
  • Recognising the process of integration as the inverse of differentiation
  • Recognition of the role played by the constant of integration
  • Evaluation of the constant of integration
  • Evaluation of the definite integral
  • Calculation of the area under a curve

Learning Outcome: 5

Presentation of
Data
  • Present data using tables, pie charts and bar charts
  • Construct Frequency distributions
  • Present data as histograms, ogives and time series graphs

Learning Outcome: 3

Beginning
Statistics
  • Calculation of the arithmetic mean for a range of data samples
  • Calculation of the arithmetic mean for a range of frequency distributions
  • Calculation of the arithmetic mean for grouped data
  • Calculation of the modal value of data sets
  • Calculation of the median value of data sets

Learning Outcome: 2

Understanding
Dispersion
  • Calculation of the range, quartiles and quantiles
  • Calculation the mean deviation
  • Calculation of the variance
  • Calculation of the standard deviation

Learning Outcome: 6

 

Assessment Type 
  • Global Assignment (100%)
See also Section 3 above

 

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