ICT

Key Stage 3
KS4 Computer Science
KS4 CiDA L2 ICT

Course Overview: (What will students learn?)

Year 7:

  • HT1 – Introduction to Software and Computer Basics
  • HT2 – Modelling and Simulation
  • HT3 & HT4 – Small Basic (Programming)
  • HT5 & HT6 – Marketing Project

Year 8:

  • HT1 & HT2 – Computer Components and Website Development
  • HT3 & HT4 – Python (Programming)
  • HT5 & HT6 – Marketing Project

Internal Assessment:

Pupils will be assessed half-termly through written assessments or practical projects to reflect the nature of Computer Science / ICT examinations at KS4.  Pupils will also sit an end of year examination which will cover content from all units taught throughout the year.

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Course Title: GCSE Computer Science

Grading: 9 - 1

Course overview

Computer science will encourage learners to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including algorithms, and data representation.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.
  • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.
  • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.

External Assessment

The weight of assessment for this course is 80% External Examination, 20% Controlled Assessment.

  • Unit 1: Computer systems – Written Paper, 40% of total GCSE
  • - Systems Architecture; Memory; Storage; Wired and wireless networks; Network topologies, protocols and layers; System security; System software; Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • Unit 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – Written Paper, 40% of total GCSE
  • - Algorithms; Programming techniques; Producing robust programs; Computational logic; Translators and facilities of languages; Data representation
  • Unit 3 – Programming project – Coursework, 20% of total GCSE
  • - Programming techniques; Analysis; Design; Development; Testing and evaluation and conclusions

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be assessed using both written and practical assessments on a half-termly basis.  Pupils will be expected to revise current as well as past topics of study to enable them to develop a long-term memory to ensure that they are fully prepared to sit their GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.

Students will sit end of year exams in Years 9 and 10.  There will be formal mock examinations in Year 11.

Examination Board: OCR

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Course Title: Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)

Grading:  A* - C

Course Overview:

Students will complete 2 units of work.  

Unit 1: Developing Web products

When your attention is captured by a web page advertising a competition, promoting an event or launching a new product, what makes you stop and look? Don’t be fooled by technical wizardry. It may have spectacular images, eye-catching animation or attention grabbing text, but what makes it effective is the way the components work together.

This unit aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features.

You will demonstrate your ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by Pearson.

Unit 2: Creative Multimedia

Digital tools can be used to communicate information using any combination of text, images, sound, video and interactive components such as buttons and hyperlinks. Products that use these different components at the same time, such as websites, presentations and games, are multimedia.

This unit aims to give you the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by multimedia authoring software to design and create effective multimedia products for specified purposes and audiences.

You will investigate a range of existing multimedia products to find out how different components are used to convey a particular message. You will discover that you like some of these products more than others and you will need to consider why this is the case. Once you have a good understanding of the possibilities offered by multimedia, you will learn how to design multimedia products of your own. This will involve detailed designs setting out exactly how you want each screen to look, the components you need and how the user will interact with the product.

External Assessment:

  • Unit 1 – Practical Examination that is set and marked by Pearson.  (30% of overall qualification)
  • Unit 2 – Coursework that is marked internally and moderated by Pearson. (70% of overall qualification)

Internal Assessment:  

Pupils will be assessed using both written and practical assessments (where appropriate) on a half-termly basis.  Pupils will be expected to revise current as well as past topics of study to enable them to develop a long-term memory to ensure that they are fully prepared to sit their GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.

Students will sit end of year exams in Years 9 and 10.  There will be formal mock examinations in Year 11.  

Examination Board: Edexcel

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