Is your school looking at the AQA 14-19 Diploma In IT?
Is anyone else aware if their school is planning to deliver the Diploma in IT (starts 2009/2010)?
Diploma in IT | Diploma in IT | e-skills UK. If so, I wouldn't mind having a word.
Reading through the specification to see how well our current facilities could deliver it, my initial reactions are:
It does sound rather cool, with lots of interesting hands-on stuff
It will require capital investment
The required knowledge for IT Teachers to teach it effectively worries me.
The L3 version, that I'm looking at has "labs" components that would require a decent-sized workshop space (or possibly vmware images?) set aside for the practical aspects, as well as segregation of the labs networking from the main school network, while still providing an internet feed.
Based on our current IT teaching provision, with no dedicated IT teachers, I think we'd struggle to deliver it well and the jump from current GCSE IT to this is rather like throwing the students in the marianas trench.