Computing and ICT

Computing and ICT capability is an essential skill for life and enables learners to participate in a rapidly changing world. Computing and ICT is designed to equip young people with the ability to use technological tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange, and present information in a variety of contexts. The effective use of Computing and ICT also enhances the learning power of students by developing their creative and thinking skills, collaboration and independent learning.

The Computing and ICT department is committed to:

  • Ensure that all students become confident and competent users of Computers and ICT;
  • Motivating and exciting students about the possibilities that Computing and ICT has to offer;
  • Guide individuals to become independent and inter–dependent users of Computers and ICT;
  • Introduce and develop students’ ability in understanding and writing coding;
  • Support students in all aspects of their learning to achieve their potential;
  • Develop the students’ abilities in computational thinking;
  • Maximise the use of our Computer and ICT resources.

KS3

KS3 Computing

Computing is now for everyone from Bill Gates to Will.I.Am, from grandparents to children. We believe that programming should be challenging, exciting, rewarding and most of all fun. Our KS3 courses offer unplugged activities away from the computer along with hands-on programming experience in Scratch, HTML and BASIC. Thinking and problem solving skills will be utilised throughout as children are encouraged to really understand problems, break them down and create solutions using code.

Year 9 students will study for the OCR Entry Level Computing qualification – a perfect start for those wanting to study further at GCSE level and beyond.

Course Details
Year 7
• Communication and the internet
• Data Representation & Databases
• Computer Systems and Hardware
• Programming
• Digital Literacy/e-Safety
Year 8• Communication and the internet
• Data Representation & Databases
• Computer Systems and Hardware
• Programming
• Digital Literacy/e-Safety
Year 9

• Programming
• Hardware/Software & Logic
• Trends in Computing Research Project

 KS4

 KS4 GCSE Computing
Our OCR GCSE Computing course provides candidates with opportunities to become familiar with how computer technology works and a look at what goes on behind the scenes. Through further programming, this course will help candidates develop their problem solving skills. For many, it will be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life.

Assessment:

• Programming Controlled Assessment
(30% of final mark)

• Trends in Computing Controlled Assessment
(30% of final mark)                                                       

• 1.5 Hour Examination
(40% of final mark)

 KS4 GCSE ICT
Our AQA GCSE Information & Communication Technology course allows students to achieve grades A* - G. Students learn:  what ideas and resources are needed to create the latest  technology; about the different stages of creating a new ICT tool from generating ideas to producing the tool or system; how to explore real life situations where ICT has an effect on personal, legal, social, economic and environment areas; and how to solve practical problems and tasks through their independent use of ICT.
Assessment:Mixture of classroom projects and an exam.  
 KS4 BTEC First Award in ICT
Our BTEC First Award in Information and Creative Technology allows students to achieve a qualification equivalent to 1 GCSE (grade A* to C). It is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*, and there is also an opportunity to work towards a Level 1 Qualification. Students learn how to:  create digital animation; digital audio; digital graphics and digital video; mobile apps and websites.
Assessment:

• 75% coursework

• 25% externally assessed project. 

 KS5

KS5 A Level Computing

The AQA A Level course delivered in our Sixth Form takes the GCSE a step further allowing students to delve deeper into Computer Science and Java programming. AS Level students study COMP1 and COMP2, adding COMP3 and COMP4 in A2 during the second year of their studies:

COMP1

Programming Course – Introduction to the Java programming language; Problem Solving; Algorithm Design; Data Representation – binary and hexadecimal, Sound, Images; Systems Development Life Cycle.

COMP2 

Theory Course – Machine-level architecture: Logic Gates and Boolean Algebra, Computer Architecture, Basic Machine Code operations; Hardware, Software; Internet: Structure and Web Design; Consequences of uses of computers: Legal and Ethical Issues.

COMP3

Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases; Operating Systems, Databases; Networking.

COMP4

Practical Project.

KS5 A Level Applied ICT

In our OCR A Level Applied ICT course delivered in our Sixth Form, students are given an opportunity to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in ICT.  Including information systems within a range of organisations and the main principles of solving problems using ICT.  The course gives students the opportunity to develop their project management skills and their understanding of the need to work with others. The course is largely practical; there is some theory work but again, this is taught mainly through practical lessons.  In the first year of study students work towards their AS Level qualification; moving onto A2 in the second year of their studies.

Homework

Homework is set according to the independent learning policy.  Students are asked to record details of homework in their planners.

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