DIGITAL PASSPORT

SCQF LEVEL 6 - NPA LEVEL 6

Digital passport is an ideal course for any student who has a broad interest in computing related technologies but who is not confident with computer programming.  

QUALIFICATION

NPA level 6

DURATION

1 Year full time/

6 periods per week

COURSEWORK

Creation of a suitably researched and detailed online blog. 

EXAM

Two online tests which can be sat at any time throughout the year 

COST

None

TEACHERS

Miss Collett

Mr Speirs

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?

By studying NPA Digital Passport Level 6 you will develop your practical IT skills as well as learning about some of the effects that computer related technologies are having on the modern world. If you would like to be more confident and skilful in using your smartphone, tablet or laptop, or if you would be interested in finding out about different types of computer networks, or if you would like to know more about social media, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and how to use it responsibly and safely, then Digital Passport is the course for you. 

The course consists of three broad areas of study, which are delivered as a combination of taught lessons and individual research tasks.  

 

Information Literacy 

With the growth of the Internet and other Computing related technologies, information is everywhere! Indeed, it has been that 90% of the information in the world has been generated within the last two years! In this unit pupils will learn about information, researching questions such as: how does information differ from data? How is information gathered? And how can this information be used? 

 

Social Media Literacy 

In the Social Media Literacy unit you will develop your social media literacy skills and understanding through your own research and through the creation of the class blog. In this unit you will learn what it means to be a good “digital citizen”, learning how to use social media safely and responsibly. 

 

Network Literacy 

The Internet is a global network of networks that drives the modern world, but how are these networks configured? In this unit students will learn about different types of network topologies and the transmission media they use. Pupils will also gain an appreciation of the environmental impact, both positive and negative, that the growth of the Internet has had. 

KEY FACTS

Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

No specific computing skills or knowledge are presupposed for this course, but students should have basic IT skills and understanding and a genuine interest in computer-related technology. 

what will you get?

NPA Digital Passport Level 6 

progress

Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course

EMPLOYMENT

Digital Passport is relevant to a number of different employment opportunities outside of IT as well as providing a good foundation for further study in computer related technologies.  

Careers with IT Skills  

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 

STUDENT STORIES

Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

Thomas - S5 

I picked the course as I had  interests in Computing, and at the end of my Nat 5 course I asked the teacher as to whether there was another computer-based course I could take.  I was told that I had or would cover the other topics in Higher Computing, so I was recommended to take Digital Passport. I have not been disappointed with the course, as it has taught me a lot about computer laws and computer safety, not just online but at all times. I have also enjoyed how the class has been so small, it's like I have a tutor. I have enjoyed all parts of the course, and I regret none of it. I would recommend it to those who do not know quite what they want to do, but know they are interested in a computer-based profession. Paired with Higher Computing, the subjects cover a lot of bases and are very diverse in showing you what there is to do. 

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