ICT & Computer Science

Key Stage 3

Due to societies obsession with social networking we cover elements of e-Safety in order to equip our students with the knowledge they require to protect themselves from the dangers that exist within this area. In order to equip our students with the skills needed for life outside school they will also cover the key areas within Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint. Graphic manipulation and animation software is also explored to give our students an experience within this genre and also provide them some of the skills required for the GCSE ICT course (should they opt to study this).

Students in Year 7 – 8 (core) are also studying an introductory course looking at the fundamental principles of Computers, enhancing this knowledge with an introduction to various programming techniques using Scratch and Logo.

Key Stage 4

GCSE ICT – Edexcel GCSE ICT
Students (Year 9 – 11) study the Edexcel GCSE ICT course.
Year 9 & 10 (2 year course – Option Subject). Students will study this course for 3 hours a week in Year 9 and 4 hours a week in Year 10 where they will complete the course.

The course is 60% controlled assessment and 40% written examination. The controlled assessment is based on a brief released by the exam board, they will have the opportunity to create a range of products in different software including, databases, spreadsheets, graphic manipulation, videos and websites. The written examination is 1 hour 30 minutes in length and will explore how digital technology affects the world we live in.

OCR GCSE Computer Science

Year 11 – (1 year course – Option Subject) Students will study this course for 6 hours per week and will complete the course after 1 year.

Year 9 & 10– (2 year course – Option Subject) Students will study this course for 3 hours a week in Year 9 and 4 hours a week in Year 10 where they will complete the course.

The course is 60% controlled assessment and 40% written examination.

There are two controlled assessments (30%) each, one controlled assessment involves a programming project where students design, develop and test solutions to meet the brief set by the exam board. The second controlled assessment is a practical investigation, students will investigate an area of Computer Science and answer a series of tasks to demonstrate understanding.

The written examination is 1 hour 30 minutes in length and covers the fundamentals of computer systems, this includes how data is input, processed, stored and output by a computer system.