The Computing module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the use of computational thinking and coding to create simple computer programmes.

Computational thinking is useful in many contexts, not just programming and software development. Coding is becoming the new standard of literacy, with skills used in areas as varied as art and design, engineering, data analysis, and science.

Computing develops related skills such as problem solving, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithms. This module is suitable for a wide range of candidates, including students who would like to develop their IT skills. Computer science is a broad field, and its applications continue to grow.

Module overview

CategorySkill set
Computing terms
  • Key concepts
Computational thinking methods
  • Problem analysis
  • Algorithms
Starting to code
  • Getting started
  • Variables and data types
Building using code
  • Logic
  • Iteration
  • Conditionality
  • Procedures and functions
  • Events and commands
Test, debug and release
  • Run, test and debug
  • Release

Main Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • ICDL is the global leader in digital literacy learning and certification
  • ICDL modules are designed and updated by global subject matter experts, providing a standardised certification of skills and knowledge
  • ICDL is used by thousands of schools around the world
  • ICDL has rigorous Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) and regular quality audits are conducted internally and externally

Syllabus

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.

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