Computing

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

Core Values

Independence - Challenge - Positivity

 

Rationale

The Department aims to equip pupils with the necessary skills, contributing to the ever changing world of ICT and Computing.  For this to be successful, we need to enable pupils to develop a combined skill set in both Computing and ICT; working with independence and positivity when faced with challenging scenarios.

Key Stage 3

 

  • E-Safety
  • Desktop Management: Use of Files and Folders
  • Hardware: internal and external
  • Software: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint,
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Cloud Technology: Office 365 – One Drive, One Note
  • Photo manipulation: Photoshop
  • Coding: BBC MicroBit
  • Programming: Kodu and Small Basic

Key Stage 4 - GCSE

ICT provides students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for working with spreadsheets and databases alongside presenting their findings.  Web authoring and game production knowledge are also gained through this qualification. 

 

You will learn to

  • Handle, manage and present information
  • Understand the importance of planning and design
  • Manipulate images
  • Use and create multimedia assets

 

During the course you will have opportunity to

  • Investigate, manage and display information
  • Plan and design end products
  • Perform web authoring and game creation

 

Assessment

The course is divided into three units

 

  • Unit 1 Tools and Applications (internal assessment worth 30%)
  • Unit 2 Using Multimedia and Games Technology (internal assessment worth 30%)
  • Unit 3 Theory – Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World.  This is worth 40% of the final mark and is assessed externally through a written examination in Year 12 (2 hours)

 

Progression to Post 16

This specification provides opportunity to progress the study of Information and Communication Technology at AS Level, Advanced Level and GNVQ Level.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE, Occupational Studies 

Occupational Studies encourages learners to be motivated and inspired by following a broad, coherent and satisfying course of study.

 

It gives pupils opportunities to sample work-related learning within an occupational context. To develop their skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.  In addition it prepares learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and careers.

 

 You will learn to

  • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to undertake work-based tasks;
  • engage actively in work-based learning within coherent occupational contexts
  • develop an appreciation of the progression/career opportunities that exist through the study of Occupational Studies
  • develop an appreciation of the environmental impacts of the practical tasks they carry out within occupational contexts
  • develop an awareness of general and specific health and safety issues arising from activities within occupational contexts

During the course you will have opportunity to

  • Construct HTML code
  • Perform web authoring tasks
  • Manipulate graphics

 Occupational Studies

  • has an occupational and employability focus
  • enables progression to other courses, training and employment
  • helps to raise levels of achievement, since learners are likely to be more motivated to achieve success through applying their knowledge in practical, work-related situations and contexts
  • emphasises learning by doing, which will help learners to develop the transferable skills necessary in a changing and dynamic working environment

Assessment

  • Unit 1 Web Design
  • Unit 2 Graphic Design

Learners will develop skills in planning, producing and presenting (based on client brief) using industry standard procedures.

Key Stage 5

GCE Applied ICT

GCE Applied ICT provides students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for working with information manipulation packages alongside presenting their findings.  Other aspects of development are Web Authoring Skills and Database Production Knowledge. 

 

 

You will learn to

  • Create knowledge and understanding of information systems within a range of organisations
  • Build an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT
  • Develop project management skills and an  understanding of the need to work with others
  • Develop a broad range of skills and knowledge as a basis for progression into further learning

 

Assessment

The course is divided into six units

 

Year 13

Unit 1 Information and Communication

This unit is worth 16.66% of the final mark and it is assessed internally through portfolio based evidence. 

Unit 2 Software Application and Tools

This unit is worth 16.66% of the final mark. It is assessed externally through a practical 2 ½ hour exam based on a case study.

Unit 3 Organisations & Information Systems

This unit is worth 16.66% of the final mark and it is assessed internally through portfolio based evidence. 

 

Year 14

Unit 7 Investigating Systems

This unit is worth 16.66% of the final mark. It is assessed externally through a practical 2 hour  exam based on a case study.

Unit 8 Database Development

This unit is worth 16.66% of the final mark and it is assessed internally through portfolio based evidence. 

Unit 9 Website Design and Management

This unit is worth 16.66% of the final mark and it is assessed internally through portfolio based evidence.

 

Progression and career opportunities

The GCE in Single Award Applied ICT qualifies for up to one hundred and twenty UCAS points.  It gives students a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment.

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