Computing and ICT

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Subject Leader: S Hodges
Deputy Subject Leader: P Gorvin
Subject Team: N Bennett and L Burns

General Subject Statement:

The Computing and ICT department provides opportunities for pupils to develop both their computing and ICT capability. The department believes that pupils should be given the necessary knowledge and understanding to enable them to be digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and to become active participants in a digital world.

Key Stage 3

The new Computing curriculum requires that every child leaves school ‘digitally literate’ and our programme of study for Year 7 and 8 aims to achieve this. The programme of study in Year 7 and 8 is an important building block, equipping pupils with the digital skills they’ll need as they progress to Key Stage 4. All pupils will have access in their lessons to a PC with relevant software, plus access to shared resources such as; printers, digital video cameras, microphones etc. The department uses both formative and summative assessment to ensure that pupils have the best opportunity to progress. Pupils can upload their work to our VLE (Learncoombedean.com) and feedback is provided to pupils through the VLE and verbally during lessons.

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

Year 7 In Year 7 pupils complete four units of work that have been designed to cover the requirements of the Computing programme of study whilst enabling pupils to have the opportunity to continue using ICT. In this year ICT/Computing is part of the Technology carousel and pupils will study each unit listed below for 10 weeks before moving on to Food Technology and Product Design.

The four units of work are as follows:

  • Creative ICT                                2 lessons a week
  • Program Design                          2 lessons a week
  • Computers 101 Animation        1 lesson a week
  • Game Design                               1 lesson a week
Year 8 In Year 8 pupils build upon their learning in Year 7. They will complete another four units which incorporate the requirements of the Computing programme of study whilst still utilising ICT. In this year ICT/Computing is part of the Technology carousel and pupils will study each unit listed below for 10 weeks before moving on to Food Technology and Product Design.

The four units of work are as follows:

  • Creative ICT                 2 lessons a week
  • Program Design          2 lessons a week
  • Digital Citizenship      1 lesson a week
  • App Design                   1 lesson a week

Key Stage 4

The Computing and ICT department strives to equip pupils with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to succeed as individuals and as responsible citizens in a world community facing an ever increasing pace of change. We want to allow pupils to have the opportunity to develop and apply their I.C.T. capability whilst they complete their coursework and provide them with lessons that have a level of challenge that is appropriate so avoiding the lack of motivation and disaffection that arises when work set is either undemanding or too difficult.

We offer two courses to pupils in Key Stage 4 and we believe that this offers pupils the opportunity to choose the right pathway for them which will enable them to continue to develop their capability and skills in ICT and/or Computing.

Key Stage 4

 

Qualifications

 

Exam Board

 

Year 9/10/11

 

 

 

 

 

Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)
The CiDA qualification aims to empower learners to play an active role in the digital sector rather than being simply consumers of digital content. The CiDA qualification is ideal for pupils who want the opportunity to explore and acquire a broad understanding and knowledge of the creative digital industries, and the ability to apply that knowledge in practical contexts.

Pupils complete two units of work. Unit 1 is a mandatory unit that requires the pupils to create and test a website under timed conditions. This unit gives pupils an introduction to web authoring and will encourage them to look critically at a variety of web products for different audiences and purposes. Pupils will be encouraged to evaluate their fitness for purpose and assess the effectiveness of the features used to attract attention and engage the target audience.

Pupils will also complete Unit 3 which is about Artwork and Imaging and this unit aims to give pupils the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by artwork and imaging software to design and create effective graphic products for specified purposes and audiences.

Learners who successfully achieve CiDA at Level 2 will be awarded grades 9 – 4, which are equivalent in value to GCSE grades 9 -4.

 

Edexcel
https://qualifications.pearson.com

 

 

 

 

 

Exam Information

Unit 1 (Mandatory Unit)

Unit 3 – Artwork and Imaging

Pupils create and test a website under timed conditions. The 2.5 hour practical computer-based examination will be divided into two activities. This unit is set and externally marked by the exam board. Unit 3 is a summative project that will be internally assessed with external moderation. Pupils will be given a project brief from the exam board and will have about 30 hours to complete the unit.

Links to useful websites:

https://qualifications.pearson.com  

Key Stage 4

 

Qualifications

 

Exam Board

 

Year 9/10/11

 

 

 

 

 

GCSE in Computer Science
The qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study. The content has been designed not only to allow for a solid basis of understanding but to engage learners and get them thinking about real world application.The new specification will enable learners to develop computational thinking skills built on a sound base of conceptual learning and understanding. There are three components which include Computer systems, Computational thinking, algorithms and programming and lastly a Programming project.This GCSE qualification will be awarded with GCSE grades from 9 – 1. 80% of the qualification is exam based with 20% course work.
OCR
http://www.ocr.org.uk

Exam Information (Nature of Assessment):

Links to useful websites:
http://www.ocr.org.uk

 

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 the Computing and ICT department offer a vocational qualification that carries UCAS points and will build upon the skills and experiences from Key Stage 4. This course is designed for pupils interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, but not necessarily in IT. A pupil who is capable of working independently and can produce coursework by agreed deadlines should make good progress on this course. All units covered in this qualification carry UCAS points.

Key Stage 5

Qualification

Exam Board

Year 12/13 BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in IT
This is a new qualification from Pearson. The content for this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it incorporates the most up-to-date knowledge and skills to enable progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been consulted on the content development to confirm its relevance to current industry practice used in IT and related occupational disciplines.This is a vocational course, which includes a mixture of practical and theory lessons, 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%).
External assessment (58%). This qualification is the equivalent to one A level.

This course is made up of the following units:

  • Information Technology Systems (Mandatory)
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information (Mandatory)
  • Using Social Media in Business (Mandatory)
  • Website Development (Optional)
Edexcel
https://qualifications.pearson.com 

Exam Information (Nature of Assessment):

Unit Number and Title

Type

How assessed

Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems

Mandatory

External

Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage information

Mandatory

External

Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business

Mandatory

Internal

Unit 6 – Website Development

Optional

Internal

Links to useful websites:
http://www.ocr.org.uk

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