Examined course The qualifications enable coverage of a wide range of general knowledge, understanding and competences. At Level 1 these will support all by leaving progression routes open to Level 2 that will benefit any young person aspiring to progress into the professional IT sector. "... it’s so nice to work with an awarding body who are so organised". - Nick Sherwood, Woodlands School
Qualification Title
Qualification Number
Qualification Status
Available to learners
Qualification Level
Level 1
Total Credits
Guided Learning Hours
Assessment Methods
Coursework, E-assessment, Multiple Choice Examination, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment
Grading Scale
Operational Start Date
  • Devised in consultation with leading industry consultants, professional bodies and universities.
  • Clear and flexible unit based structure referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
  • Straightforward assessment of competence in real rather than contrived contexts.
  • Grading through controlled exams introduced progressively from KS3 to KS4.
  • Provides a focus for continuing professional development for teachers through moderation/verification feedback.
  • Moderation on demand, no restrictive moderation windows.
  • Feedback offered on any evidence submitted. TLM are willing to communicate with assessors with guidance on how to improve learners work.
  • three examination opportunities per year.
  • use of open source cloud based technologies to reduce costs and add value for schools.
  • The online TLM Markbook is invaluable in tracking students' progress.
  • Use of open source cloud based technologies to reduce costs and add value for schools.
  • Reduced bureaucracy for teachers and flexibility for them to target specific interests.
In this way we can provide valid competency based assessment and rigorous testing of knowledge and understanding at a lower cost than both traditional vocational and academic methods applied separately. If replicated across schools it would potentially save significantly on current expenditure on assessment and examinations.

It is also designed to enable learners to meet the needs of employers, through consultation with the Open Source Consortium of Companies, Linux Professional Institute, NAACE partner companies and Mirandanet partner companies. Guidance for coursework is aligned with the CBI employment criteria.
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