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OCR is the first major awarding body to launch an Entry Level qualification in computing, opening up the subject to a wider range of learners.
Developed in consultation with teachers and employers, the new qualification gives young learners in KS3 and KS4, as well as foundation learners, a solid introduction to computing. It is also an ideal platform to further study in computing at GCSE and beyond.
OCR leads the way in the provision of computing qualifications. The launch of the Entry Level qualification follows the success of OCR's GCSE which has been taught in schools for two years. As well as an A Level in computing, programming is available as an optional unit within Cambridge Nationals.
OCR Chief Executive Mark Dawe said: "OCR anticipated demand for computing in schools by developing our GCSE. With the disapplication of the ICT curriculum, schools can develop their own programmes of study and OCR has the range of qualifications to support them."
As well as a growing range of computing qualifications, OCR is working with partners such as the team behind Raspberry Pi – the credit card-sized computer – and Computing at School to invigorate the curriculum and develop new resource materials. We will be exhibiting and sharing our expertise with our partners at BETT 2013 in January.
Training is available for teachers who are interested in our new Entry Level qualification. OCR is offering a free, half day course, entitled Entry Level Computing: Getting to know the specification, bookable via OCR's Eventbooker website.