NCEA Level 3 Practical Computing

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Creighton

Recommended Prior Learning

No prior learning required

This course will provide an opportunity for students who wish to enhance their understanding of digital literacy and computing software packages as a bridge to further secondary or tertiary study. Students will obtain basic computer competency for job skills, and recognised accreditation.

This course also offers an Achievement Standards pathway for students who wish to use this as a University Entrance option.

Although this course appears to offer 67 Credits, this just illustrates that students can take either a University Entrance or a Unit Standards pathway, or a combination of both. 

Most students will take between 16-24 Credits.

The course offers a range of Unit Standards across:

  • Data Entry (Students will learn to enter information efficiently)
  • Word Processing, Image manipulation and Spreadsheets and Database.
  • Effective Digital Communication in the Workplace Presentation Skills
  • Computer Management Competencies

The course also offers a range of Achievement Standards across:

  • Creating a Digital Information based outcome
  • Design and iteration
  • Critical reflection

Learning Areas:

Digital Technologies

Career Pathways

Administration Officer, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Data Analyst

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$10 consumables charge. A $5 printing credit is recommended.


Burnside High School may change any costs, courses or standards offered without notice.