NC DMC: Comparison chart of units at different levels
I've spent a great deal of the morning trying to get my head around the core and optional units for the National Certificate in Digital Media Computing at the different levels.
For each of the levels 4,5 and 6 (Int 1, Int 2 and Higher) there is a long list of optional units at different levels. There is a lot of crossover, but I wasn't sure how much overlap there was. I have an SQA spreadsheet with them as a long list, but I wanted to show for each unit which levels it could count towards.
Interestingly it looks like this might be the first time this has been done as there are some anomalies, particularly with the core units. Some of the core units are valid as optional units at other levels.
For example, you could teach the six Int 1 core units, then progress on to the Int 2 core units with your class. The topics are the same, however that would be the pupils completed their NC in DMC without actually having selected any optional units.
Also, why is the level 5 unit in Computing: Problem Solving and Planning not a valid unit for the Higher NC but all the other non-core level 5 units are on the list? Strange.
It is a really huge set of lists so I can understand why these problems have slipped through. I would hope that no-one would want to teach the Int 2 NC without covering any optional units. If nothing else, there are some really interesting and fun units on the list!