The Computing 1.0 module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the use of computational thinking and coding to create simple computer programs.
Many job roles that are not explicitly focused on software development required an understanding of the principles of computational thinking and the foundations of coding. The Computing module covers core computational thinking techniques like problem decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithms as well as practical skills relating to coding.
|Computational thinking methods||
|Starting to code||
|Building using code||
|Test, debug and release||
What are the benefits of this module?
- Covers the key skills and main concepts relating to computational thinking and coding.
- Certifies best practice in computational thinking and coding.
- Introduces concepts and skills that are essential for anyone interested in developing specialised IT skills.
- Assists in developing generic problem solving skills that are useful for everyone.
- Developed with input from subject matter experts and practising computing professionals from around the world. This process ensures the relevance and range of module content.
On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:
- Understand key concepts relating to computing and the typical activities involved in creating a program.
- Understand and use computational thinking techniques like problem decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and
algorithms to analyse a problem and develop solutions.
- Write, test and modify algorithms for a program using flowcharts and pseudocode.
- Understand key principles and terms associated with coding and the importance of well-structured and documented code.
- Understand and use programming constructs like variables, data types, and logic in a program.
- Improve efficiency and functionality by using iteration, conditional statements, procedures and functions, as well as events and
commands in a program.
- Test and debug a program and ensure it meets requirements before release.
The detailed syllabus for the Computing module is publicly available, so that there is complete clarity about what is covered.
The syllabus document, which sets out the specific skills and knowledge that you will learn and against which you will be certified, can be downloaded here.
ICDL Digital Student
Digital skills to design and develop, share and protect
ICDL is the world’s leading digital skills certification, which helps people to develop and certify their skills in using a computer. Consisting of a number of modules, with the flexibility for teachers to choose the topics that meet the needs of their students, ICDL is an ideal way for schools to help develop their students’ digital skills.
Schools around the world use ICDL. ICDL Digital Student offers both flexibility, and a range of levels, along with an up-to-date offering that is kept to rigorously high standards around the world. Students can benefit from an internationally recognised certification that is mapped to a number of qualifications frameworks and standards, and which integrates with curricula in several countries.
The modules in ICDL Digital Student are:
Computer & Online Essentials