I received an e-mail yesterday, which contained a link to a story about boring ICT lessons in schools. SQA is working on new Computing qualifications as part of the Curriculum for Excellence, but there are already a large number of modern, engaging vocational qualifications available to centres. These include qualifications in Computer Games Development, Social Software, and Digital Culture.
I was disappointed to see the uptake figures for the Digital Culture units. These are available at SCQF Levels 4-8 but the uptake is very low, in spite of these units containing up-to-date and engaging outcomes relating to the more interesting aspects of ICT, such as social networks, collaboration tools, and virtual worlds, such as Second Life.
Contact Hilary for NC units, up to SCQF Level 6, and contact Caroline, for HN units at SCQF Levels 7 and up. These units are available now and are (optional) part of several NC and HN programmes.