Vision / Mission / Philosophy

Our vision for Computing is for students to gain insight into the possibilities of computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Part of this is ensuring that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students study:

Half term 1 - Key skills in a range of software

Half term 2 – Spreadsheets and formulae

Half term 3 – Programming with Scratch

Half term 4 – Programming / Understanding computers

Half term 5 – Understanding computers

Half term 6 – Esafety

Formal assessment occurs at the end of each unit with feedback and grades available on Fronter. Formative assessment is ongoing.

In Year 8:

Half term 1 – Programming with BBC Microbit

Half term 2 – Advanced spreadsheet formulae

Half term 3 and 4  – HTML and CSS – web site creation

Half term 5 – Sound production with Audacity. How sound is represented by computer systems.

Half term 6 - Introduction to Databases

Formal assessment occurs at the end of each unit with feedback and grades available on Fronter. Formative assessment is ongoing.

In Year 9

Students complete the Edexcel Next Generation CIDA qualification. 25% assessment is from practical examination which is externally assessed. 75% is from controlled assessment.

A tracking spreadsheet is available on Fronter for the controlled assessment aspect of the course. Mock examinations for the examination unit take place a few weeks before the examination.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students are offered the opportunity to study ICT or Computing at GCSE.

Computing GCSE – OCR – J276

Unit 1 – Computer Systems - 40% of GCSE
Assessed by 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by OCR.

In this unit, students study computer hardware including the processor, binary logic, memory and communication and networks.

Unit 2- Computational Thinking, algorithms and Programming - 40% of GCSE

Assessed by 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by OCR.

In this unit, students develop problem solving skills and techniques relating to computer systems.

Unit 3 – Programming Project controlled assessment 20% of GCSE
Marked internally and externally moderated by OCR
In this unit students will be solving a problem by designing, coding and testing a solution using Python. This task will be set by the exam board.

GCSE ICT (Edexcel) 2IT01

The Edexcel GCSE

Unit 1, Living in a Digital World – 40%. Examination

In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society.

They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move).

They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 2, Using Digital Tools – 60%. Controlled assessment.

Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

KEY STAGE 5

There are 2 options available in the Sixth Form for ICT and Computing

1) AS/A2 ICT (WJEC)

2) A Level COMPUTER SCIENCE (OCR)

 

WJEC ICT

This specification is divided into 4 units, 2 for AS and 2 to complete the A2 qualification.

Year 12 AS

AS GCE   – 2 Units (50% of A2 award)

Unit 1 Information Systems (AS)   – Assessed by external examination - 30% of A Level

Unit 2 Desktop Publishing and Multimedia (AS) – Assessed by coursework externally moderated - 20% of A Level

 

 

 

Year 13 A2

A2 GCE – 3 Units of equal   weighting

Unit 3 Use and Impact of ICT (A2) - Practical Assessment/examination- 30% of A Level

Unit 4 Relational Database Project (A2) – Assessed by coursework externally moderated - 20% of A Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCR COMPUTER SCIENCE

This new specification is divided into units. There are three units at A level. AS assessment is now a separate qualification and the marks do not contribute to the overall A Level qualification.

A LEVEL

40% - H446/01 Computer Systems (written exam)
40% - H446/02 Algorithms and Programming (written exam)
20% - H446/03 or H446/04 Programming Project (coursework)

 

COMPUTING OR ICT?

ICT looks at how to use a wide range of different types of software in an efficient manner. The sole purpose of ICT is to teach how to use a computer effectively.

Computing, or computer science looks at how applications and computers are made. Computing is a very technical subject, with strong links to maths and logical thinking. The 'core' of computing is programming