The purpose of the NCFE Level 3 in Coding Practices is to provide learners with sector awareness. It will provide the learner with a chance to develop knowledge and skills relating to coding practices with the view to seeking employment or proceeding to further study in this area.
This qualification aims to:
• focus on the study of coding, within the Information and Communication
• offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
• provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical
The objectives of this qualification are to enable learners to:
• understand the stages of the software development lifecycle, software methodologies and how working as a team contributes to effective software delivery
• understand the purpose and use of coding standards, coding principles and practices and coding design processes
• write and debug interpreted and compiled code distinguishing the
different coding solutions
• fix bugs using appropriate techniques and reflect on how bugs can be prevented
• understand deployment, configuration management and version control systems.
Throughout this qualification, we use the term ‘coding’ which is also known as ‘programming’.
Minimum five grade 4-9 at GCSE or successful completion of the Level 2 course, and English and/or maths at grade 4.
Internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.
NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Coding Practices
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:
• Level 4 Certificate in IT
• Level 4 Diploma in Software Development
• Software Development Technician apprenticeship.
No however having your own computer will be helpful.
Learners should have completed a Level 2 qualification in either IT or Coding.
This qualification is designed for learners who are working or would like to work in coding. It is ideal for those who want to consolidate their existing knowledge and learn practical skills which can be used to assist in seeking employment in coding or to progress into further study.
Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners should be aged 16 or above to undertake this qualification.
There is no specific prior knowledge a learner must have for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 2 digital skills or information technology related qualification, and a Level 2 mathematics qualification.
Centres are responsible for ensuring that this qualification is appropriate for the age and ability of learners. They need to make sure that learners can fulfil the requirements of the learning outcomes and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy and health and safety aspects of this qualification.
Learners registered on this qualification should not undertake another qualification at the same level with the same or a similar title, as duplication of learning may affect funding eligibility.