Open Platforms and Digital Skills

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We are sorry to have to inform you that the DfE have not placed our Open Platforms and Digital Skills qualification onto the performance tables list for 2019. We will, however, be making the changes requested in the feedback received from the DfE and re submitting in a few days for re evaluation, where upon we would anticipate inclusion onto the 2019 Performance tables.

So what are your options now?

For those learners who are going to struggle to get a Level 2 qualification we have the Level 1 Certificate in Open Systems and Enterprise. QAN 601/4559/6 which is on the 2019 Performance tables. As you will understand from Progress 8, it is better to get success at Level 1 for learners than failure at Level 2. The DfE are determined to make sure that all Level 2 IT qualifications are at the same level as GCSE so if your learners are not anticipated to get at least C grade at GCSE in other subject areas they are now unlikely to get Level 2 in a vocational subject. If however you find that a few of your learners show that they are capable of Level 2 and would benefit from a Level 2 certificate to help them get into college, they can progress to: TLM Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills in Open Systems and Enterprise (ITQ) QAN 500/8073/8. There are no League Tables points for this qualification as it is Post 16 but you will still get the Level 1 league table points.


For those learners that are capable of Level 2. You can start teaching Open Platforms and Digital Skills, it is available for teaching from September. We have submitted this qualification through the appeals process. It may take several weeks for this process to be completed. We will keep the information here updated.


Start teaching our Open Systems and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies which is already on the 2019 Performance tables. We will help to guide you through with lesson plans and free workshops. Plus you will receive 10 FREE licences of KerbalEdu:   The Kerbal education team are going to work with us to develop teaching materials. However if you find it is not working for you then you can easily transfer across to our Digital Skills as soon as the DfE finallise their reviews.

Please drop us an email and let us know if you are doing this qualification and we will make sure it is avalable to you on the Markbook.


The Qualification

The “internet of things” allows virtually infinite connections to be made between seemingly unrelated pieces of data.  These pieces of data build up to make our digital footprints but how many students even know they have a footprint, even less how their actions every day lead to that imprint giving away more and more information about themselves.

The new L2 award from TLM aims to redress that position enabling learners to become much more digitally aware and using this awareness and their digital skills to edit and manage their digital profile to showcase themselves in the safest and most positive manner.

Three “theory units” link together to explore;

  • The nature of data, how it is created and obtained, either because we give it away or because we are tracked by devices in the internet of things, and the way that data can be lawfully processed.
  • The impact of technology on the way that data is processed and the opportunities for learners to collaborate in this process
  • The increasing threats to data security within the internet of things with the recognition that data has value and some will go to criminal lengths to harvest data for resale.

Alongside developing this awareness learners are challenged to take charge of their digital profile by creating their own digital portfolio in an open source Mahara portfolio generously hosted for every student by UKFast - one of the UK’s largest ISPs.

In their digital showcase learners will create their own website as well as two other digital products such as:

  • A digital data solution
  • A digital graphics and or video collection
  • Digital apps
  • A digital arcade game
  • Digital multimedia publishing

This portfolio is the coursework component of the qualification and is graded at three levels worth in total 40% of the qualification.  The remaining marks are derived from a single examination paper taken on line.

TLM believe this new qualification is a very positive move towards enabling our learners to become the informed and reflective digital citizens that they need to be.

The full course handbook can be downloaded from: