Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4 - Year 9 Computer Science
Key Stage 4 - Year 9 BTEC L2 ICT
Key Stage 4 - Year 10/11 Edexcel GCSE ICT
 Throughout KS3 students will study a range of both computer science and ICT skills and topics, which are listed below: Year 7 Half-Term Unit 1 Intro to software & computer basics 2 Modelling and simulation 3 Small Basic 4 " 5 Developing an App 6 " Year 8 Half-Term Unit 1 Python & Microbit 2 " 3 How computers work & web development 4 " 5 Business Enterprise 6 "
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KS4 ICT is split into 3 different pathways: Current Year 9 students are studying either OCR Computer Science GCSE or BTEC L2 ICT. Current Year 10 and 11 students are studying EDEXCEL GCSE ICT To find out more information about these pathways, please select the option from the information sub-menu. Year 9 OCR Computer Science: 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. 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
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KS4 ICT is split into 3 different pathways: Current Year 9 students are studying either OCR Computer Science GCSE or BTEC L2 ICT. Current Year 10 and 11 students are studying EDEXCEL GCSE ICT To find out more information about these pathways, please select the option from the information sub-menu. Year 9 BTEC L2 ICT Course overview ICT will encourage learners to: Understand the main technologies and processes behind the internet and investigate how they come together to let you view websites and send information across the world. Explore a range of digital devices, such as smart phones and digital music players and consider the technology that enables these devices to share and exchange information. Investigate a range of applications and features of existing graphic products and consider their audience and purpose and apply this to your own digital graphic products. Design, create and test graphic products in a similar way to how it is done in industry and be introduced to the technology and techniques used by professionals. Investigate the features and uses of websites by exploring what they are and how their integrated components and applications interact with each other. Design, develop and test a website for a brief. Assessment The weight of assessment for this course is 75% Coursework, and 25% external Examination. The Units for study are as follows: Unit 1 – The Online World: Externally Assessed (online examination), 25% total course Unit 2 – A Digital Portfolio: Coursework, 25% total course Unit 3 – Creating Digital Graphics, 25% total course Unit 4 – Website Development, 25% total course
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KS4 ICT is split into 3 different pathways: Current Year 9 students are studying either OCR Computer Science GCSE or BTEC L2 ICT. Current Year 10 and 11 students are studying EDEXCEL GCSE ICT To find out more information about these pathways, please select the option from the information sub-menu. 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. This unit is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel, with the total number of marks available for the examination paper is 80. 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. The unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions, with students must complete a controlled assessment task provided by Edexcel. Marking of the task is carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria with the total number of marks available for the controlled assessment task is 80.
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Lightcliffe Academy, Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TL Tel: 01422 201028 Fax: 01422 204615 contactus@lightcliffeacademy.co.uk Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House, Abbey Grange Church of England Academy, Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA Tel: 0113 257877 enquiries@abbeytrust.org
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