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Key Stage 4 - Year 9/10 Computer Science
Key Stage 4 - Year 9/10 CiDA L2 ICT
Key Stage 4 - Year 11 Edexcel GCSE ICT
Subject: Computer Science / 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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KS4 is split into 3 different pathways: Year 9 & 10 students will be studying either: OCR GCSE Computer Science Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) Year 11 students are studying EDEXCEL GCSE ICT Computer Science (Year 9 & 10) 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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KS4 is split into 3 different pathways: Year 9 & 10 students will be studying either: OCR GCSE Computer Science Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) Year 11 students are studying EDEXCEL GCSE ICT Subject:: ICT (Year 9 & Year 10) 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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KS4 is split into 3 different pathways: Year 9 & 10 students will be studying either: OCR GCSE Computer Science Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) Year 11 students are studying EDEXCEL GCSE ICT Year 10/11 Edexcel GCSE ICT: Students study 2 units: Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society, in which they learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice. Unit 2: Using Digital Tools This is a practical unit in which students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts as well as learning to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. External Assessment:: Unit 1: Living in a Digital World 1hr 30min examination paper, marked by EDEXCEL. 40% of total GCSE. Unit 2: Using Digital Tools Controlled Assessment, marked internally and externally moderated by EDEXCEL. 60% of total GCSE. Internal Assessment: Pupils will be assessed using written 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. There will be formal mock examinations in Year 11. Examination Board: Edexcel
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