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Key Stage 3 KS3 students have one hour of Computing each week. Students study a wide range of topics that will help them increase their ICT skills. As a department we feel that it is very important to link ICT with real life scenarios, this allows students to apply the skills they have learnt in school to real life situations outside of school.
Year 7 – During this year students will cover a variety of topics including, Baseline Testing & E-Safety, Small Basic, Computer Systems , Spreadsheets, Algorithms and Microbits.
Year 8 – During this year students will develop their knowledge further and will cover a number of topics including, Spreadsheets, Beginners Python, HTML programming, Computer Systems & Binary Logic, Databases and Photoshop
Year 9 – During this year students complete a number of projects. These projects incorporate the skills they have learnt in year 7 & 8 and also allow them to develop their subject knowledge. Students complete projects such as Flash Animation, Computer Systems, Python programming, E-Safety& Wellbeing, Data Representation and Dreamweaver.
Each module of work lasts 6 to 7 weeks and during this time students complete between 2 pieces of homework, which will be outlined on Show my homework.
Key Stage 4 KS4 students have the choice of the following, OCR GCSE Computer Science, OCR Level 2 Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia, CIDA (Current Year 10 only) and Edexcel GCSE ICT (Current Year 11 only)
GCSE ICT The course covers the latest in digital technology and is up to date and relevant in today’s digital world. The course structure is different to previous courses we have offered in ICT, in that students will complete 60% worth of controlled assessments & a 40% exam towards the end of the course.
Students will study two units which will build on what they have studies at Key Stage 3.
These units may include:
- Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World – You will learn about current and emerging technologies and how they impact our lives. This is the theory module and will be externally assessed with a 40% exam.
- Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools – This is the controlled assessment section for Unit , this is where you will put into practice everything learnt in Unit 1. This is worth 60% of your final grade.
Single Award (1 GCSE) – In the single award students will complete Unit 1 & 2 Depending on how well students work, they may have the opportunity to complete the double award, which will require them to complete an additional two units of work and allow them to obtain 2 GCSE’s.
GCSE Computer Science - Students selecting the GCSE Computer Science course can expect a challenging and rigorous course that has a number of different modules to keep students motivated and engaged. The course covers important elements of computer science such as principles of logic, decomposition, algorithms, data representation, communication etc., as well as programming.
Component 01—40% of the total GCSE. Students will sit a 1 hour 30 minute written exam on Computer Systems. This written exam will include topics such as System Architecture, Memory, Storage, Wired & Wireless Networks, Network topologies, Network Security, System Software and legal concerns.
Component 02— 40% of the total GCSE. Students will sit a 1hour 30 minute written paper. This paper will be based around programming and will include Translators and facilities of languages, Algorithms, High and low level programming, computation logic & Data representation.
Component 03—20% of the total GCSE. Programming Controlled Assessment - This will take approximately 20 hours to complete and will be scenario based. Students will learn how to program, complete the design, development and testing phase of designing a system.
* Please note that this course is under consultation with Ofqual . The structure of the course may change depending on the outcome.
CIDA has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing, for example digital graphics and animations, interactive multimedia products and computer games.
The course is graded at A*, A, B and C and will take 120 guided learning hours to deliver. This Is equivalent in level and teaching time to one GCSE at grades A*-C.
You will study two units which you will already have built up a good understanding of at Key Stage 3. These units include:
- Unit 1 - Mandatory Unit—Developing web products—Practical examination
- Unit 2 - Creative Multimedia—Summative project
- Unit 3—Art and Imaging—Summative project
- Unit 4—Game Making—Summative project
Summative Project Briefs
The Summative Project is the means by which students bring together the knowledge, skills and understanding they have acquired throughout the unit into a synoptic piece of work. There is one Summative Project for each unit, each based on a brief. Summative Project Briefs are set by Pearson, administered and marked by the school, and moderated by Pearson.
The practical examination will be completed in a 2.5 hour practical, computer based examination. There will be one task divided into two activities. In the first activity, you will have to use web authoring software and other software tools to create a web product for a specified audience and purpose, using a client brief. In the second activity, you have to evaluate your product.
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As a department we try and encourage students to use technology as much as possible. We currently run a joint Technology & ICT Robotics club. Students build an advanced control system (Robot) and are then able to control the behaviour of the robot by using programming. Students can start with simple programming and building skills and can then progress to creative designs and engineering solutions.