A GROUP of Crosland Moor pupils is being rewarded with cash for work on a pioneering computer course.
Five Year 11 students on the Digital Applications course at Moor End Technology College will receive £100 each from examinations board Edexcel.
Pupils Amir Ahmed, Matthew Atkin, Chanda Azam, Amna Majid and Daniel Bellanfante are being rewarded for letting the exam board use their portfolios of work as examples to show markers and other schools how it should be presented.
The school is also receiving £50 for each of the five portfolios.
The course is completely `paperless', meaning all students' work is done on computers in a virtual portfolio, which is sent electronically to the exam board for marking.
During the course, pupils study ICT skills such as creating spreadsheets, databases, presentations and carrying out surveys.
Moor End Technology College was one of 42 schools chosen to pilot the Digital Applications course from September 2004.
The pilot ended after a year.
The course is still running at Moor End for students in Years 9, 10 and 11.
Moor End is acting as a training centre for other schools in Kirklees, who are just starting to run the course.
Pupils can achieve one of three awards on the course.
The first, an Award in Digital Applications, needs only one of the course's four units to be completed.
It is equivalent to one GCSE.
The second award is a Certificate in Digital Applications, which requires two units to be completed.
This is equivalent to two GCSEs.
The third award is the Diploma in Digital Applications, which requires all four units to be completed.
This is equivalent to four GCSEs at A* to C standard.
Greg Gilbert, head of ICT at Moor End, said: "It is an innovative and very new qualification.
"These students were chosen because their portfolios showed a range of things which the exam board would find useful."