Aarrgghh!! Not DiDA!!!
I briefly taught DiDA, before realising almost any other career could offer greater job satisfaction.
Each Unit of AiDA / CiDA / DiDA is worth one GCSE.
One Unit = AiDA (Award in Digital Applications for IT Users)
Two Units = CiDA (Certificate ~)
Four Units = DiDA (Diploma ~)
Work is not printed, but supplied in the form of an e-portfolio (i.e. offline website).
2/3 of the time spent on each Unit is supposed to be ramming home the skills needed to complete the SPB (Summative Project Brief - i.e. the project). When the pupils work on the SPB, they're supposed to do so relatively independently, with the teacher acting purely as line manager. Any guidance the teacher gives them whilst working on the project is supposed to be reflected in the marks awarded.
Oh, and the pupils are supposed to maintain an accurate project plan, updating it whenever their schedule changes.
And, even better, record all sources used (e.g. the actual image URL, not images.google.com which inevitably clogs up the majority of pupils' sources tables!) - and how they have sought permission from copyright holders if they've ignored EdExcel's advice to only use public domain stuff...
Everyone has to start off with Unit 1: Using ICT, which predictably enough focusses heavily on spreadsheets and databases. Really motivating stuff - not!
Evidently this batch of pupils weren't introduced to the DiDA website - where, in addition to the SPBs themselves, there are also prominent links to the "Moderator's Toolkit" - i.e. the acceptable file formats. Bizarrely, they'll accept almost every MS Office file format apart from .doc - and have IE and FF listed as web browsers...
Moderator's Toolkit: http://dida.edexcel.org.uk/home/spb/toolkit/
The SPB themes are a misguided attempt to appeal to the majority of children:
Sep 06: Five a Day (as if they're not already getting enough of that in Food Technology!)
Sep 07: Preparing publications for a charity dance marathon
Sep 08: Preparing publications to assist foreign exchange students